Friday, January 19, 2018

Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs

Red Simple Christians from all parts of the world have ever flocked to Rome as to the rock of faith and the foundation of the Church, and honored with the greatest reverence and piety the spot hallowed by the sepulcher of the Prince of the Apostles. These words of Holy Church are exemplified in the […]

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Saint Canute, King and Martyr

Red vestments   The Magi Kings, as we have already observed, have been followed to the Crib of Jesus by Saintly Christian Monarchs; and it was just that these should be represented on the Church’s Calendar during the season which is consecrated to the Mystery of his Birth. The eleventh century is one of the […]

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Saint Peter’s Chair at Rome

White Greater Double The Archangel Gabriel told Mary, in the Annunciation, that the Son who was to be born of her should be a King, and that of his Kingdom there should be no end. Hence, when the Magi were led from the East to the Crib of Jesus, they proclaimed it in Jerusalem, that […]

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Saint Antony, Abbot

White Double The East and West unite today in honoring St. Antony, the Father of Cenobites. The Monastic Life existed before his time, as we know from indisputable testimony; but he was the first Abbot, because he was the first to bring Monks under the permanent government of one Superior or Father. Antony began with […]

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Saint Marcellus, Pope and Martyr

Red Semidouble The name of Marcellus is brought before us by the Calendar today—he was a successor of the glorious Hyginus in the papacy, and in martyrdom, and their Feasts fall in the same season of the year. Each Christmastide shows us these two Pontiffs offering their Keys in homage of our Jesus, the invisible […]

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Saint Paul, the First Hermit

White Double Today, the Church honors the memory of one of those men who were expressly chosen by God to represent the sublime detachment from all things, which was to be taught to the world by the example of the Son of God, born in a Cave at Bethlehem. Paul the Hermit so prized the […]

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Saint Maurus, Abbot

Saint Maurus—one of the greatest masters of the Cenobitical Life, and the most illustrious of the Disciples of St. Benedict, the Patriarch of the Monks of the West—shares with the First Hermit the honors of this fifteenth day of January. Faithful, like the holy Hermit, to the lessons taught at Bethlehem, Maurus has a claim […]

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Second Sunday After the Epiphany

Green Semidouble The third Mystery of the Epiphany shows us the completion of the merciful designs of God upon the world, at the same time that it manifests to us, for the third time, the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Star has led the soul to faith; the sanctified Waters of […]

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Saint Hilary, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church

White Double After having consecrated the joyous Octave of the Epiphany to the glory of the Emmanuel who was manifested to the earth, the Church—incessantly occupied with the Divine Child and his august Mother during the whole time from Christmas Day to that whereon Mary will bring Jesus to the Temple, there to be offered […]

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Octave of the Epiphany

White Greater Double (privileged Octave Day) The thoughts of the Church today are fixed on the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan, which is the second of the three Mysteries of the Epiphany. The Emmanuel manifested himself to the Magi after having shown himself to the Shepherds; but this manifestation was made within the […]

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