Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Saint Angela de Merici, Virgin

White Double This last day of May, which is honored by the virginal triumph of Aurelia Petronilla, in the first Age of the Church, is also fragrant with the lilies that wreathe the brow of Angela de Merici. The 16th Century, which, a few days back, offered to our Risen Lord the seraphic Magdalene de […]

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Tuesday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi

White Semidouble Christum regem adoremus dominantem gentibus, qui se manducantibus dat spiritus pingudeninem. Let us adore Christ, the King, who ruleth the nations; who giveth fatness of spirit to them that eat him. Wisdom prosecutes the fulfillment of the divine plan framed before all ages. His union, or, to use the scriptural expression, his marriage, […]

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Saint Petronilla, Virgin

White Commemoration Though the Church makes but a simple commemoration of this illustrious Virgin in the office of this day, we will not fail to offer her the homage of our devout veneration. On the twelfth of this month, we kept the feast of the noble Virgin and Martyr, Flavia Domitilla; it is probable that […]

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Monday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi

White Semidouble Christum regem adoremus dominantem gentibus, qui se manducantibus dat spiritus pingudeninem. Let us adore Christ, the King, who ruleth the nations; who giveth fatness of spirit to them that eat him. The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent him of his oath: he hath sworn: “Thou art a Priest for ever, […]

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Saint Felix the First, Pope and Martyr

Red Simple The holy Popes of the primitive ages of the Church abound during these last days of our Paschal Season. Today, we have Felix the First, a Martyr of the persecution under Aurelian, in the 3rd Century. His Acts have been lost, with the exception of this one detail; that he proclaimed the dogma […]

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi

White Semidouble Christum regem adoremus dominantem gentibus, qui se manducantibus dat spiritus pingudeninem. Let us adore Christ, the King, who ruleth the nations; who giveth fatness of spirit to them that eat him. The Desired of all nations, the Angel of the testament whom Israel longs for, has come down from heaven. Wisdom is come […]

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Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Virgin

White Semidouble Our Paschal Calendar gives us three illustrious Virgins of the beautiful Italy. We have already kept the feast of the valiant Catharine of sienna; in a few days, we shall be honoring the memory of Angela de Merici, surrounded by her school-children; today, it is the fair lily of Florence, Magdalene de Pazzi, […]

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Saint Augustine, Bishop, Apostle of England

White Double Four hundred years had scarcely elapsed since the glorious death of Eleutherius, when a second Apostle of Britain ascended from this world, and on this same day, to the abode of eternal bliss. We cannot but be struck by the fact that the names of our two Apostles appear on the Calendar together: […]

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Saturday Within the Octave of Corpus Christi

White Semidouble Christum regem adoremus dominantem gentibus, qui se manducantibus dat spiritus pingudeninem. Let us adore Christ, the King, who ruleth the nations; who giveth fatness of spirit to them that eat him. Man has been cast forth from Eden, and is gone into the dreary land of his exile. He has nothing left him […]

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Saint Bede the Venerable, Confessor and Doctor of the Church

White Double The blessing given by our Lord as he ascended into heaven has revealed its power in the most distant pagan lands, and during these days the liturgical cycle bears witness to a concentration of graces upon the west of Europe. The band of missionaries begged of Pope Eleutherius by the British king Lucius […]

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