Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sixth Antiphon

Sixth Antiphon(Listen to the Chant) O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, Lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum; veni, et salva hominem quem de limo formasti. O King of nations, and their Desired One, and the Corner-Stone that makest both one; come and save man whom thou formedst out of slime. O King of Nations! thou […]

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Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Feast, which is now kept, not only throughout the whole of Spain, but in almost all the Churches of the Catholic world, owes its origin to the Bishops of the tenth Council of Toledo, in 656. These Prelates having thought that there was an incongruity in the ancient practice of celebrating the feast of […]

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Second Antiphon

Second Antiphon(Listen to the Chant) O Adonai, et dux domus Israël, qui Moysi in igne flammæ rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti; veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extenso. O Adonai, and leader of the house of Israel, who appearedst to Moses in the fire of the flaming bush, and gavest to him […]

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Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

Regem venturum Dominum, venite, adoremus. Come, let us adore the King, our Lord, who is to come. De Isaia Propheta. From the Prophet Isaias. Cap. xxx. Ch. xxx. Exspectat Dominus ut misereatur vestri; et ideo exaltabitur parcens vobis, quia Deus judicii Dominus: beati omnes qui exspectant eum! Populus enim Sion habitabit in Jerusalem: plorans nequaquam […]

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Monday, December 17, 2018

The Commencement of the Great Antiphons

The Church enters today on the seven days which precede the Vigil of Christmas, and which are known in the Liturgy under the name of the Greater Ferias. The ordinary of the Advent Office becomes more solemn; the Antiphons of the Psalms both for Lauds and the Hours of the day are proper, and allude […]

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Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Regem venturum Dominum, venite, adoremus. Come, let us adore the King, our Lord, who is to come. De Isaia Propheta. From the Prophet Isaias. Cap. xxviii. Ch. xxviii. Hæc dicit Dominus Deus: Ecce ego mittam in fundamentis Sion lapidem, lapidem probatum, angularem, pretiosum, in fundamento fundatum; qui crediderit, non festinet. Et ponam in pondere judicium, […]

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Sunday, December 16, 2018

The Third Sunday of Advent

Violet or Rose Privileged Sunday of the Second Class (Semidouble) Today again, the Church is full of joy, and the joy is greater than it was. It is true that her Lord is not come; but she feels that he is nearer than before, and therefore she thinks it just to lessen somewhat the austerity […]

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Saint Eusebius, Bishop of Vercelli, and Martyr

Red Semidouble When asked to tell the names of the Saints who were foremost in defending the dogma of the Incarnation, we think at once of the intrepid Eusebius of Vercelli, as one of the glorious number. The Catholic faith, which was so violently attacked in the fourth century by the Arian heresy, was maintained […]

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Begin Novena in Honor of the Infant Jesus (the Nativity of Our Lord)

Read/print the novena here.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

The Octave of the Immaculate Conception

White Greater Double This, the eighth day from that on which we kept the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, is the Octave properly so called; whereas the other days were simply called days within the Octave. The custom of keeping up the principal Feasts for a whole week is one of those which the Christian […]

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