Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Commemoration of Saint Paul, Apostle

Red Greater Double Whereas the Greeks on this day are uniting in one Solemnity, the Memory, as they express it, of the illustrious Saints, the Twelve Apostles, worthy of all praise,—let us follow in spirit the Roman populace, who are gathered around the successor of Peter, and are making the splendid basilica on the Ostian […]

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

Red Double of the First Class (with an Octave) Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Behold the hour when the answer which the Son of Man, exacted of the Fisher of Galilee, re-echoes from the seven hills and fills the whole earth. Peter no longer dreads the triple interrogation of his Lord. Since that […]

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Vigil of the Holy Apostles Ss. Peter and Paul

Violet John the Baptist, placed on the confines of the two Testaments, closes the prophetic age, the reign of Hope, and opens the era of Fiath which possesses the long expected God, though as yet without beholding him in his Divinity. Thus even before the Octave is ended, wherein we pay our homage to the […]

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Saint Irenæus, Bishop and Martyr

Red Double Although the feast of Saint Leo the Second were sufficient in itself to complete this day’s teachings (since moved to the 3rd of July), the Church of Lyons presents likewise to the admiration of the whole world her own great Doctor, the valiant and pacific Irenæus, who, quitting the shores of brilliant Ionia, […]

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Fourth Day Within the Octave of Saint John the Baptist

White Semidouble The gladsome Octave of the Precursor has a still further increase of light in store for us. Let us imitate the Church, who once again concentrates her thoughts on the Friend of the Bridegroom; she knows well that hereby the Spouse himself will be the better understood. “For, according to the word of […]

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble The Office for the sixth Sunday after Pentecost, which began yesterday evening, reminded us, in its Magnificat Antiphon, of a repentence which has never had an equal. David, the royal prophet, the conqueror of Goliath, himself conquered by sensuality, and from adulterer become a murderer, at last felt the crushing weight of his […]

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Saints John and Paul, Martyrs

Red Double Amidst the numerous sanctuaries which adorn the capital of the Christian universe, the church of Saints John and Paul has remained from the early date of its origin one of the chief centers of Roman piety. From the summit of the Cœlian Hill it towers over the Coliseum, the dependencies of which stretch […]

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saint William, Abbot

White Double Martyrs are numerous on the cycle during the Octave of St. John. But not alone in martyrdom’s peerless glory does our Emmanuel reveal the potency of his grace, or the victorious force of example left to the world by his Precursor. At the very outset, we have here presented to our homage one […]

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Friday, June 24, 2016

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

White Double of the First Class (with an Octave) The Voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare ye the way of the Lord; behold thy God!” Oh! in this world of ours grown now so cold, who can understand earth’s transports at hearing these glad tidings so long expected? The promised God was not […]

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Vigil of Saint John the Baptist

Violet Simple There was in the days of Herod the King of Judea, a certain priest named Zachary, of the course of Abia, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth. And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame. […]

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