Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Saint John Capistran, Confessor

White Simple The nearer the Church approaches to the end of her earthly existence, the more she seems to love to enrich her cycle with feasts that recall the glorious past. Indeed, one of the objects of sacred Liturgy is to keep before our minds all that God has done for us. Remember the days […]

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Violet Simple 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 […]

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Saint John Damascene, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

White Double The faithful have not forgotten that on the first Sunday of Lent the Greeks keep one of their greatest solemnities, that of Orthodoxy. History proves that the Church of Constantinople, the new Rome, did not share the indefectibility of that of the old Rome, for it passed through a cycle of heresies on […]

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Monday of the Fourth Week of Lent

Violet Simple 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 […]

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the First Class) This Sunday, called, from the first word of the Introit, Lætare Sunday, is one of the most solemn of the year. The Church interrupts her Lenten mournfulness; the chants of the Mass speak of nothing but joy and consolation; the Organ, which has been silent during the preceding […]

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Annunciation of the Ever Blessed Virgin

White Double of the First Class This is a great day, not only to man, but even to God himself; for it is the anniversary of the most solemn event that time has ever witnessed. On this day, the Divine Word, by which the Father created the world, made made flesh in the womb of […]

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Saturday of the Third Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Church of Saint Susanna, Virgin and Martyr of Rome. The reason of this Church having been chosen is that today, there is read the history of the chaste Susanna, the daughter of Helcias. Collect Præsta, quæsumus, omnipotens Deus; ut qui se, affligendo carnem, ab alimentis abstinent, sectando justitiam, […]

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Saint Gabriel, the Archangel

White Greater Double So far in the Church’s calendar, we have not met with any feast in honor of the holy angels. Amidst the ineffable joys of Christmas night, we mingled our timid but glad voices with the hymns of these heavenly spirits, who sang around the crib of our Emmanuel. The very recollection brings […]

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Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Purple Simple The Station is at the Church of Saint Laurence in Lucina. In this venerable and celebrated Church is kept the Gridiron on which the holy Archdeacon consummated his martyrdom. Collect Jejunia nostra, quæsumus, Domine, benigno favore prosequere: ut, sicut ab alimentis abstinemus in corpore, ita a vitiis jejunemus in mente. Per Christum Dominum […]

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Purple Simple This day brings us to the middle of Lent, and is called Mid-Lent Thursday. It is the twentieth of the forty fasts imposed upon us at this holy Season by the Church. The Greeks call this Thursday Mesonēstios, that is, the mid-Fast. They give this name to the entire week, which, in their […]

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