Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday in Lenten Ember Week

Purple Simple The Station is in the Basilica of Saint Peter, on the Vatican, where the people were wont to assemble, towards evening, that they might be present at the Ordination of the Priests and Sacred Ministers. This day was called Twelve-Lesson-Saturday, because formerly, twelve passages from the Holy Scriptures used to be read, as […]

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday in Lenten Ember Week

Purple Simple The Station is in the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles; it is one of the grandest of the Churches of Rome, and is enriched by the Bodies of the two Apostles, St. Philip and St. James the Less. Collect Esto, Domine, propitius plebi tuæ: et quam tibi facis esse devotam, benigno refove miseratus […]

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Purple Simple Today’s Station is in the Church of St. Laurence, in Paneperna, one of those which the piety of the Faithful of Rome has built in honor of this the most celebrated of the Martyrs of the Holy City. Collect Devotionem populi tui, quæsumus, Domine, benignus intende, ut uqui per abstinentiam macerantur in corpore, […]

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday in Lenten Ember Week

Purple Simple The fast of today is prescribed by a double law: it is Lent, and it is Ember Wednesday. It is the same with the Friday and Saturday of this week. There are two principal objects for the Ember days of this period of the year: the first is to offer up to God […]

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saint Matthias, Apostle

Red Double of the Second Class An Apostle of Jesus Christ, St. Matthias is one of the Blessed choir which the Church would have us honor during the Season of Lent. Matthias was one of the first to follow our Savior, and he was an eyewitness of all his divine actions up to the very […]

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Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Purple Simple At Rome, the Station is in the Church of St. Anastasia, where, formerly, the Mass of the Aurora, on Christmas Day, used to be celebrated. It is under the protection of this holy Martyr, who suffered death for Christ on the day of his Birth, that we offer our prayers today to the […]

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Saint Peter Damian, Cardinal and Doctor of the Church

White Double It is the Feast of the austere reformer of the 11th century, Peter Damian, the precursor of the holy Pontiff Gregory the Seventh, that we are called upon to celebrate today. To him is due a share of that glorious regeneration which was effected at that troubled period when judgment had to begin […]

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Monday of the First Week of Lent

Purple Simple Each Feria of Lent has a proper Mass; whereas, in Advent, the Mass of the preceding Sunday is repeated during the week. This richness of the Lenten Liturgy is a powerful means for our entering into the Church’s spirit, since she hereby brings before us, under so many forms, the sentiments suited to […]

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Quadragesima Sunday—the First Sunday of Lent

Purple Double of the First Class This Sunday, the first of the six which come during Lent, is one of the most solemn throughout the year. It has the same privilege as Passion and Palm Sundays—that is, it never gives place to any Feast, not even to that of the Patron, Titular Saint, or Dedication […]

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Saint Peter’s Chair at Antioch

White Double Major We are called upon, a second time, to honor St. Peter’s Chair: first, it was his Pontificate in Rome; today it is his Episcopate at Antioch. The seven years spent by the Prince of the Apostles in the second of these cities were the grandest glory she ever had; and they are […]

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