Sunday, November 29, 2015

The First Sunday of Advent

Violet Privileged Sunday of the First Class—Semi-double This Sunday, the first of the ecclesiastical year, is called, in the chronicles and charts of the Middle Ages, Ad te levavi Sunday, from the first words of the Introit; or Aspiciens a longe, from the first words of one of the Responsories of Matins. The Station is […]


The Season of Advent

The History of Advent The name Advent (from the Latin Adventus, which signifies a coming) is applied, in the Latin Church, to that period of the year, during which the Church requires the faithful to prepare for the celebration of the feast of Christmas, the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. The mystery of […]


Begin Novena in Honor of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Vigil of Saint Andrew; Saint Saturninus, Martyr

Violet Simple Christmas begins to glimmer on the horizon. The last Sunday after Pentecost has given us the closing instructions of the moveable Cycle. Beginning with the twenty-seventh of this month, the present days belong in some years to the new Cycle, in others to the one which is ending. The last Lesson from the […]


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Saint Sylvester, Abbot

White Double God often brings the world to those who flee from it, as Sylvester Gozzolini among others experienced. In the thirteenth century, the world, all in admiration at the sanctity and the eloquence of the new Orders, seemed to have forgotten the monks and the desert. God, who never forgets, led his elect silently […]


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Saint Catharine, Virgin and Martyr

Red Double Gertrude the Great, from her very infancy, felt a special attraction towards the glorious virgin Catharine. As she was desirous of knowing how great were her merits, Our Lord showed her St. Catharine seated on a throne so lofty and so magnificent, that it seemed her glory was sufficient to have filled the […]


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Saint John of the Cross, Confessor

White Double Let us go with the Church to Mount Carmel, and offer our grateful homage to John of the Cross, who, following in the footsteps of Teresa of Jesus, opened a safe way to souls seeking God. The growing disinclination of the people for social prayer was threatening the irreparable destruction of piety, when […]


Monday, November 23, 2015

Saint Clement I, Pope and Martyr

Red Double The memory of St. Clement has been surrounded with a peculiar glory from the very beginning of the Roman Church. After the death of the Apostles, he seems to eclipse Linus and Cletus, although these preceded him in the Pontificate. We pass as it were naturally from Peter to Clement; and the East […]


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Saint Cæcilia, Virgin and Martyr

Red Double Cæcilia united in her veins the blood of kings with that of Rome’s greatest heroes. At the time of the first preaching of the Gospel, more than one ancient patrician family had seen its direct line become extinct. But the adoptions and alliances, which under the Republic had knit more closely the great […]


Saturday, November 21, 2015

The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

White Greater Double The Presentation is one of the minor solemnities of our Lady, and was inscribed at a comparatively late date on the sacred Cycle; it seems to court the homage of our silent contemplation. The world, unknown to itself, is ruled by the secret prayers of the just; and the Queen of saints, […]


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