Monday, April 22, 2019

Easter Monday

White Double of the First Class Hæc dies quam fecit Dominus; exsultemus et lætemur in ea! This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein! So ample and so profound is the mystery of the glorious Pasch, that an entire week may well be spent in its meditation. […]

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Saints Soter and Caius, Popes and Martyrs

Red Semidouble The palms of two martyred Popes are intertwined and grace this day of the Calendar. Soter suffered for Christ in the second, and Caius in the third century; a hundred years separate them; and yet we have the same energy of faith, the same jealous fidelity to keep intact the depositum left by […]

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Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Sunday

White Double of the First Class (with Privileged Octave of the First Order) Hæc dies quam fecit Dominus; exsultemus et lætemur in ea! This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein! Morning The night between Saturday and Sunday has well nigh run its course, and the day-dawn […]

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Saint Anselm, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double A monk, a Bishop, a Doctor of the Church—such was the Saint whose feast comes to gladden us on this twenty-first day of April. He was a martyr, also, at least in desire, and we may add, in merit too—for he did enough to earn the glorious palm. When we think of Anselm, […]

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Paschal Time

The History of Paschal Time We give the name of Paschal Time to the period between Easter Sunday and the Saturday following Whit Sunday. It is the most sacred portion of the Liturgical year, and the one towards which the whole Cycle converges. We shall easily understand how this is, if we reflect on the […]

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Holy Saturday

Violet & White Double of the First Class A night has passed over the Tomb, wherein lies buried the Body of the Man-God. Death is triumphant in that silent cave, and hold captive Him that gives life to every creature—but his triumph will soon be at an end. The Soldiers may watch, as best they […]

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Good Friday

Black Double of the First Class The Night Office The ceremonies used by the Church for the Office of Tenebræ having been already explained, we deem it unnecessary to repeat our instructions. The reader may refer to them, should he require to refresh his memory. They are given at the entry for Maundy Thursday. Pater […]

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Maundy Thursday

White Double of the First Class This is the first day of the Azymes, or Feast of the Unleavened Bread. At sunset, the Jews must eat the Pasch in Jerusalem. Jesus is still in Bethania; but he will return to the City before the hour for the Paschal supper. The Law commands this; and, until […]

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Wednesday in Holy Week: “Spy Wednesday”

Violet Privileged Feria The Chief Priests and the Ancients of the people are met today, in one of the rooms adjoining the Temple, for the purpose of deliberating on the best means of putting Jesus to death. Several plans are discussed. Would it be prudent to lay hands upon him at this season of the […]

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tuesday in Holy Week

Violet Simple Today, again, our Savior sets out in the morning for Jerusalem. His intention is to repair to the temple, and continue his yesterday’s teachings. It is evident that his mission on earth is fast drawing to its close. He says to his Disciples: You know that after two days shall be the Pasch, […]

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