Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Saint Jerome, Priest, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church

White Double “I know not Vitalis, I reject Meletius, I pass by Paulinus; he that cleaveth to the Chair of Peter, he is mine.” Thus, about the year 376, when the whole East was disturbed by the competitions for the episcopal See of Antioch, wrote an unknown monk to Pope St. Damasus. It was St. […]

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Dedication of Saint Michael the Archangel

White Double of the First Class The glorious Archangel appears today at the head of the heavenly army: There was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels. In the sixth century, the dedication of the churches of St. Michael on Monte Gargano […]

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Double The resuscitation of the son of the widow of Naim, on which our thoughts were fixed last Sunday, has reanimated the confidence of our beloved Mother the Church; her prayer goes up all the more earnestly to her Spouse, who leaves her on earth, for a time, that she may grow dearer to […]

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Saint Wenceslas, Duke and Martyr

Red Semi-Double Wenceslas recalls to us the entrance into the Church of a warlike nation, the Czechs, the most indomitable of the Slavonic tribes, which had penetrated into the very midst of Germany. It is well known with what bitterness and active energy this nation upholds its social claims, as though its struggle for existence […]

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saints Cosmas and Damian, Martyrs

Red Simple Honor the physician for the need thou hast of him: for the most High hath created him. For all healing is from God, and he shall receive gifts of the king. The skill of the physician shall lift up his head, and in the sight of great men he shall be praised. The […]

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Saint Cyprian, Martyr; and Saint Justina, Virgin and Martyr

Red Cyprian’s Confessio begins: “Whosoever ye be that are seduced by the mysteries of the demons, none of you can equal the zeal I once had for these false gods, nor my researches into their secrets, nor the vain power they had communicated to me, to me Cyprian, who from my infancy was given up […]

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Our Lady of Ransom

White Double Major The Office of the Time gives us, at the close of September, the Books of Judith and Esther. These heroic women were figures of Mary, whose birthday is the honor of this month, and who comes at once to bring assistance to the world. “Adonai, Lord God, great and admirable, who hast […]

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saint Linus, Pope and Martyr; Commemoration of Saint Thecla, Virgin and Martyr

Red Simple The lives of the first Vicars of Christ are buried in a mysterious obscurity; just as the foundations of a monument built to defy the ravages of time are concealed from view. To be the supports of the everlasting Church is a sufficient glory: sufficient to justify our confidence in them, and to […]

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Saint Thomas of Villanova, Bishop and Confessor

White Double In 1517 a cruel blow fell upon the great Augustinian family; Luther, one of its members, raised the cry of revolt which was to be echoed for centuries by every passion. But the illustrious Order, which had unwittingly nurtured this child of evil, was none the less acceptable to God; and He deigned, […]

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

Red Double of the Second Class The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the son of Abraham. The Eagle and the Lion have already risen in the heavens of the holy Liturgy; today we salute the Man; and next month the Ox will appear, to complete the number of the […]

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