Friday, May 31, 2013

Our Lady, Virgin and Queen

Pope Pius XII was the first Pontiff to create a feast day for the entire Western Church in honor of the Queenship of Mary, which he unveiled in an encyclical, Ad Cæli Reginam, which he released on October 11, 1954—just as his predecessor, Pius XI, announced the Feast of the Kingship of Christ in Quas […]

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Corpus Christi

May our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time! O Sacrament most holy! O Sacrament divine! All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine! These indulgenced ejaculations express admirably […]

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Begin Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Read/print the novena here.

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Mary Magdalen de Pazzi, Virgin

It would be easy to concentrate on the mystical experiences God gave this saint, rather than on her life. In fact, it would be difficult to do differently, so overwhelming were those gifts from God. The temptation for many modern readers would be to see little to identify with in these graces and walk away […]

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Augustine of Canterbury, Bishop & Confessor

At the end of the sixth century anyone would have said that Augustine of Canterbury had found his niche in life. Looking at this respected prior of a monastery, almost anyone would have predicted he would spend his last days there, instructing, governing, and settling even further into this sedentary life. But Pope St. Gregory […]

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Venerable Bede, Confessor, Doctor of the Church

Also known as Saint Bede or Bede the Venerable, he was an English monk at the Northumbrian monastery of Saint Peter at Monkwearmouth and of its companion monastery, Saint Paul’s, in modern Jarrow, both in the Kingdom of Northumbria. He is well known as an author and scholar, and his most famous work, Historia ecclesiastica […]

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Trinity Sunday

[Station at St. Peter’s.] Today begins the Third Cycle of the Easter Season—the Time After Pentecost, beginning with the Feast of the Blessed Trinity, and is the longest of the Liturgical Year. It may comprise from twenty-four to twenty-eight weeks and differs considerably from the other liturgical seasons. In the Liturgical Year there is a […]

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ember Saturday

[Station at St. Peter’s.] In the Seventh Century, due to the postponement of the Ember fast, the station was at St. Stephen on the Cælian Hill; in the Eleventh Century, a return was made to the primitive place, St. Peter. Of the five scriptural Lessons which precede the Gloria of the Mass, some refer to […]

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Our Lady, Help of Christians

Saint John Chrysostom was the first person to use the Marian title Sancta Maria Auxilium, or Mary, Help of Christians, in A.D. 345 as a devotion to the Virgin Mary, along with Saint Don Bosco, who also propagated the same Marian devotion under this title. It was established due to the great appreciation of Saint […]

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Pentecost Friday/Whit Embertide

[Station at St. Lawrence outside the Walls.] This is the second of the three days’ Fast prescribed for this week. Tomorrow is the day for the Ordination of the Priests and other sacred Ministers. Now is a good time for us to redouble our efforts to obtain from God that the abundance of his grace […]

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