Sunday, January 25, 2015

Third Sunday After the Epiphany

Green Double The variation of Easter Sunday necessitates almost every year a different arrangement of the Sundays after the Epiphany from that in which they stand in the Missal. Septuagesima often comes in January and the Feast of the Purification is occasionally later than Quinquagesima Sunday; hence the office of these four last Sundays may […]

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Saint Timothy, Bishop and Martyr

Red Double Before giving thanks to God for the miraculous Conversion of the Apostle of the Gentiles, the Church assembles us together for the Feast of his favorite Disciple. Timothy—the indefatigable companion of St. Paul—the friend to whom the great Apostle, a few days before shedding his blood for Christ, wrote his last Epistle—comes now […]

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Friday, January 23, 2015

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

Red Simple 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 […]

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Saints Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs

Red Simple 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 […]

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Red Double 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 […]

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

Red Double 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. […]

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Saint Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum, Martyrs

Red Simple 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 […]

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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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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Second Sunday After the Epiphany

Green Double The third Mystery of the Epiphany shows us the completion of the merciful designs of God upon the world, at the same time that it manifests to us, for the third time, the glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Star has led the soul to faith; the sanctified Waters of […]

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Saint Peter’s Chair at Rome

White Double Major 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 […]

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