The Liturgical Year

Advent Symbols and Celebrations - Part I

December 1, 2012

Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope, a preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio,  meaning "to come to,"; it refers to the coming of Christ.  Here are three expressions of piety to help us get ready this season.  Advent Wreath The Advent Wreath […]

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The History and Meaning of Advent

November 27, 2012

What is Advent? The word 'Advent' is from the Latin 'Adventus,' which means 'coming.' Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches), and encompasses the span of time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. The first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday […]

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What's So Great About Saint Gertrude?

November 16, 2012

The month of November is dedicated to Holy Souls in Purgatory, so it is fitting that the Feast Day of St. Gertrude the Great is honored during this month on November 16th. Saint Gertrude is the only female saint to be called Great -- so why is she? The thirteenth century is one of the greatest centuries […]

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Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14, 2012
St. Helen - finder of the True Cross

“For the Jews, the cross was a tree of shame and for the Romans, it was an instrument of execution. But for the Christians the cross became the symbol of victory and salvation, an object of special veneration. The Primitive Church provides us with sufficient and definite evidence of the veneration of the Holy Cross. […]

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5 Degrees of Mother Teresa

September 4, 2012
Blessed Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa was Catholic in the truest sense of the word -- universal. "By blood, I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun. As to my calling, I belong to the world. As to my heart, I belong entirely to the Heart of Jesus." As her Feast Day is […]

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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Easter Vigil

April 7, 2012

"Rejoice heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God's throne! Jesus Christ, our King, is risen!" - from the Easter Vigil Exultet We are now at the Easter Vigil - the night Mass where the catechumens are welcomed into the Church. Here are some historical and traditional bits of trivia to share […]

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8 Things You May Not Know About Good Friday

April 6, 2012

"...and hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming in the clouds of heaven." St. Mark 14:62 It is Good Friday. The day of the Crucifixion. If you haven't seen the movie The Passion of Christ, we recommend it as a solemn preparation […]

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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Holy Thursday

April 5, 2012

Holy Thursday marks the start of the Triduum - the most solemn time of the liturgical year which culminates in the Easter Vigil. The Matins and Lauds of the last three days of Holy Week used to be known as Tenebrae. A 15-candle candelabra was set near the altar holding yellow candles like those traditionally […]

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The Liturgical Year - Saturday in Ember Week

December 17, 2011

Prope est jam Dominus; venite adoremus. The Lord is now nigh: come, let us adore. The lessons from the prophet Isaias are interrupted to-day also; and a homily on the Gospel of the Mass is read in their place. As this Gospel is repeated to-morrow, in the Mass of the fourth Sunday of Advent, we […]

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The Liturgical Year - Friday in Ember Week

December 16, 2011

Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh; come let us adore. The Church does not read anything from the prophet Isaias to-day; she merely gives, in the Office of Matins, a sentence of that chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, which relates the mystery of our Lady's Visitation: and to this she […]

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