Friday, November 9, 2012

Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Savior (the Lateran)

From the Marian Missal: The Mother and Mistress of all Churches throughout the world, the Church of St. John Lateran, or the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior, was the first publicly consecrated. It was built by Constantine, the first Christian Emperor and consecrated by Pope St. Sylvester I on November 9, A.D. 324. The […]

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Commemoration of the Four Holy Crowned Martyrs

From the Catholic Encyclopedia: The old guidebooks to the tombs of the Roman martyrs make mention, in connection with the catacomb of Sts. Peter and Marcellinus on the Via Labicana, of the Four Crowned Martyrs (Quatuor Coronati), at whose grave the pilgrims were wont to worship (De Rossi, Roma sotterranea, I, 178-79). One of these […]

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Feast of the Holy Relics

This is a solemn commemoration, in certain Dioceses and congregations, of the Saints whose Relics are preserved in their churches. From the first days of Christianity, Mass was celebrated by preference on the burial-place of the Martyrs. Nowadays a square flat stone is placed in the middle of the altar, and this altar-stone contains one […]

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Friday, November 2, 2012

All Souls’ Day

From the 1907 Catholic Encyclopedia: The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on 2 November, or, if this be a Sunday or a solemnity, on 3 November. The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy and all the Masses are to be of Requiem, except one of […]

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

All Saints Day

This is a day of Obligation. From the 1945 Marian Missal: We can pay no greater honor to the Saints than by offering up to God in their name the Blood of Jesus. The efficacy of their past merits and present prayers is greatly increased when offered to God in close association with the merits […]

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