Friday, March 24, 2017

Saint Gabriel, the Archangel

White Greater Double So far in the Church’s calendar, we have not met with any feast in honor of the holy angels. Amidst the ineffable joys of Christmas night, we mingled our timid but glad voices with the hymns of these heavenly spirits, who sang around the crib of our Emmanuel. The very recollection brings […]

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Friday of the Third Week of Lent

Purple Simple The Station is at the Church of Saint Laurence in Lucina. In this venerable and celebrated Church is kept the Gridiron on which the holy Archdeacon consummated his martyrdom. Collect Jejunia nostra, quæsumus, Domine, benigno favore prosequere: ut, sicut ab alimentis abstinemus in corpore, ita a vitiis jejunemus in mente. Per Christum Dominum […]

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Purple Simple This day brings us to the middle of Lent, and is called Mid-Lent Thursday. It is the twentieth of the forty fasts imposed upon us at this holy Season by the Church. The Greeks call this Thursday Mesonēstios, that is, the mid-Fast. They give this name to the entire week, which, in their […]

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station, at Rome, is in the Church of Saint Xystus, on the Appian Road. It now goes under the name of Saint Xystus the Old, in order to distinguish it from another Church that is dedicated to the same holy Pope and Martyr. Collect Præsta nobis, quæsumus, Domine, ut salutaribus jejuniis eruditi, […]

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Saint Benedict, Abbot

White Greater Double Forty days after the white dove of Cassino had mounted to heaven, Benedict, her glorious Brother, ascended by a bright path to the blissful abode where they were to be united forever. Both of them reached the heavenly country during that portion of the year which corresponds with the holy Season of […]

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Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Church of St. Pudentiana, daughter of Pudens, the Senator. This holy virgin of Rome lived in the 2nd century. She was remarkable for her charity, and for the zeal wherewith she sought for and buried the bodies of the Martyrs. Her Church is built on the very spot […]

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin

White Double of the First Class Yesterday, it was the bright Archangel that visited us; today it is Joseph, the Spouse of Mary, the Foster-Father of the Son of God, that comes to cheer us by his dear presence. In a few days hence, the august mystery of the Incarnation will demand our fervent adorations: […]

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Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Church of Saint Mark, which was built in the fourth century, in honor of the Evangelist, by the holy Pope Mark, whose relics are kept there. Collect Cordibus nostris, quæsumus, Domine, gratiam tuam benignus infunde: ut sicut ab escis carnalibus abstinemus, ita sensus quoque nostros a noxiis retrahamus […]

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Third Sunday of Lent

Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the First Class) The holy Church gave us, as the subject of our meditation for the First Sunday of Lent, the Temptation which our Lord Jesus Christ deigned to suffer in the Desert. Her object was to enlighten us how to conquer them. Today, she wishes to complete her instruction on […]

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double It was right that the Church should honor, during these days devoted to the instruction of catechumens, the Pontiff whose very name suggests the zeal and knowledge which pastors ought to show in preparing candidates for baptism. He has long had a place in the Martyrology of the Western Church, but today, in […]

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