Friday, February 12, 2016

The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites, Confessors

White Double Clouds are gathering over Holy Church. We are minded on every side of the approach of those days when our Emmanuel will show Himself to us in the pitiable state to which our sins have brought Him. Bethlehem is so soon followed by Calvary. We shall find the Mother of divine grace at […]

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Friday After Ash Wednesday

The station for today is in the church of the holy martyrs, St. John and St. Paul. Collect Inchoata jejunia, quæsumus Domine, benigno favore prosequere: ut observantiam, quam corporaliter exhibemus, mentibus etiam sinceris exercere valeamus. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. Graciously favor us, O Lord, we beseech thee, in the fast we have undertaken: that […]

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Lourdes

White Greater Double “My bow shall appear in the clouds and I will remember My covenant with you.” The lessons at Matins on February 11th, 1854 (Thursday in Sexagesima week) recalled these words, and the world soon learned that on this very day Mary had appeared, more fair than the sign of hope which typified […]

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Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Although the law of fasting began yesterday, yet Lent, properly so called, does not begin till the Vespers of Saturday next. In order to distinguish the rest of Lent from these four days which have been added to it, the Church continues to chant Vespers at the usual hour, and allows her ministers to break […]

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday

Violet Privileged Feria Yesterday the world was busy in its pleasures, and the very children of God were taking a joyous farewell to mirth: but this morning, all is changed. The solemn announcement, spoken of by the prophet, has been proclaimed in Sion: the solemn fast of Lent, the season of expiation, the approach of […]

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Saint Scholastica, Virgin

White Double The Sister of the Patriarch Saint Benedict comes to us today, sweetly inviting us to follow her to heaven. Apollonia the Martyr is succeeded by Scholastica the fervent daughter of the Cloister. Both of them are the Spouses of Jesus, both of them wear a crown, for both of them fought hard, and […]

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Saint Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” These words, addressed to the serpent in the days which the Church now seeks to bring before the minds of her children, have dominated […]

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Saint Apollonia, Virgin and Martyr

Red   The holy Virgin who this day claims the homage of our devotion and praise, is offered to us by the Church of Alexandria. Apollonia is a Martyr of Christ; her name is celebrated and honored throughout the whole world; and she comes to us on this ninth day of February, to add her […]

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Tuesday of Quinquagesima Week

The fundamental rule of Christian life is, as almost every page of the Gospel tells us, that we should live out of the world, separate ourselves from the world, hate the world. The world is that ungodly land which Abraham, our sublime model, is commanded by God to quit. It is that Babylon of our […]

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Saint John of Matha, Confessor

White Double We were celebrating, not many days ago, the memory of Peter Nolasco, who was inspired by the holy Mother of God to found an Order for the ransoming of Christian captives from the infidels: today, we have to honor the generous saint to whom this sublime work was first revealed. He established, under […]

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