Saturday, January 27, 2018

Saint John Chrysostom, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double Before our Emmanuel came upon this our earth, men were as sheep without a shepherd; the flock was scattered, and the human race was hastening on to perdition. Jesus would, therefore, not only be the Lamb that was to be slain for our sins; he made himself, moreover, a Shepherd, that so he […]

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Saint Polycarp, Bishop and Martyr

Red Double Amidst the sweetness he is enjoying from the contemplation of the Word made Flesh, John, the Beloved Disciple, beholds coming towards him his dear Polycarp, the Angel of the Church of Smyrna, all resplendent with the glory of martyrdom. This venerable Saint has on his soul the fervent love that made him say, […]

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Conversion of Saint Paul

White Greater Double We have already seen how the Gentiles, in the person of the Three Magi, offered their mystic gifts to the Divine Child of Bethlehem, and received from him, in return, the precious gifts of faith, hope, and charity. The harvest is ripe; it is time for the reaper to come. But who […]

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Saint Timothy, Bishop and Martyr

Red Double Before giving thanks to God for the miraculous Conversion of the Apostle of the Gentiles, the Church assembles us together for the Feast of his favorite Disciple. Timothy—the indefatigable companion of St. Paul—the friend to whom the great Apostle, a few days before shedding his blood for Christ, wrote his last Epistle—comes now […]

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Begin Novena in Honor of Our Lady’s Purification

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Saint Raymund of Pegnafort, Confessor; and Saint Emerentiana, Martyr

White (for Raymund of Pegnafort; Red for Saint Emerentiana) Semidouble The glorious choir of Martyrs that stands round our Emmanuel till the day of his Presentation in the Temple opens its ranks, from time to time, to give admission to the Confessors, whom divine Providence has willed should grace the Cycle, during this sacred season. […]

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Saints Vincent and Anastasius, Martyrs

Red Semidouble Saint Vincent, Deacon and Martyr Vincent, the Victorious, vested in the sacred dalmatic and holding his palm in his hand, comes today to his Jesus’ crib and right welcome is he to Stephen, the Crowned, his leader and his brother Spain is his country. He is a Deacon of the glorious Church of […]

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Third Sunday After the Epiphany

Green Semidouble The variation of Easter Sunday necessitates almost every year a different arrangement of the Sundays after the Epiphany from that in which they stand in the Missal. Septuagesima often comes in January and the Feast of the Purification is occasionally later than Quinquagesima Sunday; hence the office of these four last Sundays may […]

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Saint Agnes, Virgin and Martyr

Red Double How rich is the constellation of Martyrs, which shines in this portion of the sacred Cycle. Yesterday, we had St. Sebastian; tomorrow we shall be singing the name which means Victory, for it is the Feast of Vincent; and now, today, between these two rich palm branches, we are rejoiced with the lovely […]

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Saint Fabian, Pope and Martyr; and Saint Sebastian, Martyr

Red Double Two great Martyrs divide between them the honors of this twentieth day of January—one a Pontiff of the Church of Rome; the other, a member of that Mother-Church. Fabian received the crown of martyrdom in the year 250, under the persecution of Decius; the persecution of Dioclesian crowned Sebastian in the year 288. […]

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