The Liturgical Year

The Liturgical Year - The Mystery of Advent Part I

December 1, 2011

Read more parts here CHAPTER THE SECOND THE MYSTERY OF ADVENT IF, now that we have described the characteristic features of Advent which distinguish it from the rest of the year, we would penetrate into the profound mystery which occupies the mind of the Church during this season, we find that this mystery of the […]

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The Liturgical Year - History of Advent Part IV

November 30, 2011

Read more parts here The Greek Church still continues to observe the fast of Advent, though with much less rigour than that of Lent. It consists of forty days, beginning with November 14, the day on which this Church keeps the feast of the apostle St. Philip. During this entire period, the people abstain from […]

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The Liturgical Year - History of Advent Part III

November 29, 2011

Read more parts here The obligation of observing this Lent, which, though introduced so imperceptibly, had by degrees acquired the force of a sacred law, began to be relaxed, and the forty days from St. Martin's day to Christmas was reduced to four weeks. We have seen that this fast began to be observed first […]

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The Liturgical Year - History of Advent Part II

November 28, 2011

(Part I here) As I read this section I am struck by the repeated emphasis on penance and fasting that used to be associated with Advent. I think that some remnants of the fasting rules lasted up until Vatican II and I know that in the East this is still a penitential season. The oldest […]

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The Liturgical Year - Advent Part I

November 27, 2011

Several years ago Loreto Publications printed the multi-volume The Liturgical Year by Dom Gueranger. This is still the most complete study of the Catholic liturgy but it is unfortunately out of print. Fortunately, I bought a copy and since it is not under copyright, I am going to be posting sections of it throughout the […]

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