Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday of the Second Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Church of Saint Clement, Pope and Martyr. In this, more than in any other Church of the City of Rome, there has been preserved the ancient arrangement of the early Christian Basilicas. Under its altar there reposes the body of its holy Patron, together with the Relics of […]

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

Second Sunday of Lent

Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the First Class) The subject offered to our consideration on this Second Sunday is one of the utmost importance for the holy Season. The Church applies to us the lesson which our Savior gave to three of his Apostles. Let us endeavor to be more attentive to it than they were. […]

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Saturday in Lenten Ember Week

Violet 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 19, 2016

Friday in Lenten Ember Week

Violet 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 18, 2016

Saint Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

Red Simple How venerable our Saint of today, with his hundred and twenty years, and his episcopal dignity, and his Martyr crown! He succeeded the Apostle St. James in the See of Jerusalem; he had known Jesus, and had been his disciple; he was related to Jesus, for he was of the House of David; […]

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Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Violet 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 17, 2016

Wednesday in Lenten Ember Week

Violet 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 16, 2016

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent

Violet 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 15, 2016

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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Saints Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs

Red Simple The two Brothers whom we are to honor today, suffered martyrdom in the beginning of the second century, and their memory has ever been celebrated in the Church. The glory of the great ones of this world passes away, and men soon forget even their very names. Historians have oftentimes a difficulty in […]

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