Sunday, April 6, 2014

Passion Sunday

The Holy Church begins her Night Office of this Sunday with these impressive words of the royal Prophet. Formerly, the faithful considered it their duty to assist at the Night Office, at least on Sundays and Feasts; they would have grieved to have lost the grand teachings given by the Liturgy. Such fervor has long […]

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent

This Saturday, in the early ages of Christianity, was called Sitientes, from the first word of the Introit of the Mass, in which the Church addresses her Catechumens in the words of Isaias, and invites them that thirst after grace, to come and receive it in the holy Sacrament of Baptism. At Rome, the Station […]

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Saint Vincent Ferrer, Confessor

Today, again, it is Catholic Spain that offers one of her Sons to the Church, that she may present him to the Christian world as a model and a patron. Vincent Ferrer, or as he was called, the Angel of the Judgment, comes to us proclaiming the near approach of the Judge of the living […]

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Station is in the Church of Saint Eusebius, Priest of Rome, who suffered for the faith, in the Arian persecution, under the Emperor Constantius. Collect Deus, qui ineffabilibus mundum renovas sacramentis: præsta quæsumus, ut Ecclesia tua et æternis proficiat institutis, et temporalibus non destituatur auxiliis. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. O God, who by […]

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St. Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

The Church presents to us today, for our devout admiration, the memory of the one of the holiest of her Bishops—Isidore, the Bishop of Seville, the most learned man of his age, and what is a still greater praise, the most zealous patriot and friend of his noble country. Let us study his virtues and […]

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Station is at the Church of Saints Sylvester and Martin, which is one of the most venerable in Rome. It was originally built by Pope St. Sylvester, and still bears his name: but in the 6th century, it was consecrated to St. Martin of Tours. In the 7th century, it was enriched with the […]

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

This day is called the Feria of the Great Scrutiny, because in the Church of Rome, after the necessary inquiries and examinations, the list of the Catechumens, who were to receive Baptism, was closed. The Station was held in the Basilica of St. Paul outside the walls, both because of the size of the building, […]

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Saint Francis of Paula, Confessor

The founder of a Religious Order, whose distinguishing characteristics were humility and penance, comes before us today: it is Francis of Paula. Let us study his virtues and beg his intercession. His whole life was one of great innocence; and yet we find him embracing, from his earliest youth, mortifications which nowadays would not be […]

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Station is in the Church of Saint Laurence in Damaso; so called because it was built, in the 4th century, in honor of the glorious Archdeacon of Rome by Pope St. Damasus, whose body rests there. Collect Sacræ nobis, quæsumus, Domine, observationis jejunia, et piæ conversationis augmentum, et tuæ propitiationis continuum præstent auxilium. Per […]

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

The Station is in the venerable Church of the Four Crowned (Brothers); their names are Severus, Severianus, Carpophorus, and Victorinus; they suffered martyrdom under the persecution of Dioclesian. Their bodies, as also the Head of the great Martyr St. Sebastian, are among the Relics of this Church. Collect Præsta, quæsumus, omnipotens Deus: ut observationes sacras […]

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