There’s a beautiful hymn of praise and thanksgiving that’s traditionally, sung on the last day of the year called Te Deum. I had recently learned of the song and was planning to look it up. Today at mass, I was delighted to hear the hymns Te Deum sung at the end of the year and Veni Creator sung at the beginning of the year both have plenary indulgences attached to them. Our priest suggested singing them midnight so you can close the year with Te Deum and begin with Veni Creator together. If you can’t stay up to midnight, just sing Te Deum on 31st anytime and Veni Creator anytime on Jan 1st. It seems that for plenary indulgence, you need to sing it publicly and partial indulgence is granted when devoutly sung otherwise. I emailed our music director about adding these to our masses. These are such beautiful hymns to sing even without the indulgences. It’ll be a great family tradition to sing them together as family.
Growing up my family always went to adoration on New Years eve with our prepared lists of all the blessings we received in the year. We took turns going through them one by one and giving thanks and praise to God for each thing on our lists. Sometimes the lists were made at adoration chapel in the presence of God and went through them at family prayer. Adoration time is also great for new years resolutions with God. Whether you can go to adoration or not, spend some time reflecting on your blessings and close the year singing the hymn of praise and thanksgiving, Te Deum and begin the new year inviting to the Holy Spirit singing Veni Creator.