Thursday, January 23, 2014

Saint Raymund of Pegnafort, Confessor; and Saint Emerentiana, Martyr

The glorious choir of Martyrs that stands round our Emmanuel till the day of his Presentation in the Temple opens its ranks, from time to time, to give admission to the Confessors, whom divine Providence has willed should grace the Cycle, during this sacred season. The Martyrs surpass all the other Saints in number; but […]

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saints Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs

Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr Vincent, the Victorious, vested in the sacred dalmatic and holding his palm in his hand, comes today to his Jesus’ crib and right welcome is he to Stephen, the Crowned, his leader and his brother Spain is his country. He is a Deacon of the glorious Church of Saragossa and, […]

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

How rich is the constellation of Martyrs, which shines in this portion of the sacred Cycle. Yesterday, we had St. Sebastian; tomorrow we shall be singing the name which means Victory, for it is the Feast of Vincent; and now, today, between these two rich palm branches, we are rejoiced with the lovely rose and […]

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr; and Saint Sebastian, Martyr

Two great Martyrs divide between them the honors of this twentieth day of January—one a Pontiff of the Church of Rome; the other, a member of that Mother-Church. Fabian received the crown of martyrdom in the year 250, under the persecution of Decius; the persecution of Dioclesian crowned Sebastian in the year 288. We will […]

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Second Sunday After the Epiphany

See here for commentary on the Second Sunday After the Epiphany, which was also the occasion for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus prior to the reforms of Pope St. Pius the Tenth.

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Saint Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs

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 Martyrs of […]

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Saint Canute, King and Martyr

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 most glorious of […]

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Saint Peter’s Chair at Rome

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 they came to […]

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Saint Antony, Abbot

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 seeking solely […]

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Saint Marcellus, Pope and Martyr

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 Head of […]

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