Friday, August 14, 2020

Vigil of the Assumption

Violet   What is this aurora before which the brightest constellations pale? Laurence, who has been shining in the August heavens as an incomparable star, is well nigh eclipsed, and becomes but the humble satellite of the Queen of Saints, whose triumph is preparing beyond the clouds. Mary stayed on earth after her Son’s Ascension, […]

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Saints Hippolytus and Cassian, Martyrs

Red Simple Not far from the sepulcher of St. Laurence, on the opposite side of the Tiburtian Way, lies the tomb of St. Hippolytus, one of the sanctuaries most dear to the Christians in the days of triumph. Prudentius has described the magnificence of the crypt, and the immense concourse attracted to it each year […]

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Saint Clare, Virgin

White Double The same year in which St. Dominic, before making any project with regard to his sons, founded the first establishment of the Sisters of his Order, the companion destined for him by heaven received his mission from the Crucifix in the church of St. Damian, in these words: “Go, Francis, repair my house […]

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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Second Day Within the Octave of St. Laurence; Saints Tibertius and Susanna, Martyrs

Red Simple Laurence is followed today by the son of Chromatius, prefect of Rome, Tiburtius, who also suffered upon burning coals for the confession of his faith. Though forty years intervened between the two martyrdoms, it was the same Holy Spirit that animated these witnesses of Christ and suggested to them the same answer to […]

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Saint Laurence, Deacon and Martyr

Red Double of the Second Class (with a Simple Octave) “Once the mother of false gods, but now the bride of Christ, O Rome, it is through Laurence thou art victorious! Thou hadst conquered haughty monarchs and subjected nations to thine empire; but though thou hadst overcome barbarism, thy glory was incomplete till thou hadst […]

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Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble The destruction of Jerusalem has closed that portion of the prophetic Scriptures which were based on the institutions and history of the figurative period. The Altar of the true God, built by Solomon on the the summit of Moriah, was the authenticated evidence of the true religion, to those who were then living […]

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Saint John Mary Vianney, Confessor

White Double Ever since the Sun of righteousness vanished from men’s view, the heaven of holy Church has been illumined through the centuries by the shining light of countless Saints; and even as the brightness of the stars increases as the night advances, so, as we recede from the blessed days of His mortal life, […]

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Vigil of St. Laurence, Martyr; Comm. of St. Romanus, Martyr

Violet   “Fear not, my servant, for I am with thee, saith the Lord. If thou pass through fire, the flame shall not hurt thee, and the odor of fire shall not be in thee. I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand […]

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Ss. Cyriacus, Largus, and Smaragdus, Martyrs

Red Semidouble Today a precursor of Laurence appears on the cycle, the deacon Cyriacus, whose power over the demon made hell tremble, and entitles him to a place among the Saints called helpers. He and his companions in martyrdom form one of the noblest groups of Christ’s army in that last and decisive battle, wherein […]

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Friday, August 7, 2020

St. Cajetan of Thienna, Confessor; Comm. of St. Donatus, Bishop & Martyr

White Double Cajetan appeared in all his zeal for the sanctuary at the time when the false reform was spreading rebellion throughout the world. The great cause of the danger had been the incapacity of the guardians of the holy City, or their connivance by complicity of heart or of mind with pagan doctrines and […]

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