Saturday, August 17, 2019

Octave of Saint Laurence

Red   At Christmas Stephen watched beside the crib, where the Infant God attracted our hearts; Laurence today escorts the Queen whose beauty outshines the heavens. It was fitting that a deacon should be present at both triumphs of love, shown at Bethlehem in the weakness of the Babe, and in heaven in the glory […]

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Friday, August 16, 2019

Within the Octave of the Assumption; Saint Joachim, Confessor, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary

White Double of the Second Class From time immemorial the Greeks have celebrated the feast of St. Joachim on the day following our Lady’s birthday. The Maronites kept it on the day after the Presentation in November, and the Armenians on the Tuesday after the Octave of the Assumption of the Mother of God. The […]

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin

White Double of the First Class (with a common Octave) “Today the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven; rejoice, for she reigns with Christ forever.” The Church will close her chants on this glorious day with this sweet antiphon which resumes the object of the feast and the spirit in which it should be celebrated. No […]

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Vigil of the Assumption

Violet   What is this aurora before which the brightest constellations pale? Laurence, who has been shining in the August heavens as an incomparable star, is well nigh eclipsed, and becomes but the humble satellite of the Queen of Saints, whose triumph is preparing beyond the clouds. Mary stayed on earth after her Son’s Ascension, […]

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Saints Hippolytus and Cassian, Martyrs

Red Simple Not far from the sepulcher of St. Laurence, on the opposite side of the Tiburtian Way, lies the tomb of St. Hippolytus, one of the sanctuaries most dear to the Christians in the days of triumph. Prudentius has described the magnificence of the crypt, and the immense concourse attracted to it each year […]

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Saint Clare, Virgin

White Double The same year in which St. Dominic, before making any project with regard to his sons, founded the first establishment of the Sisters of his Order, the companion destined for him by heaven received his mission from the Crucifix in the church of St. Damian, in these words: “Go, Francis, repair my house […]

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Sunday, August 11, 2019

The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble The lamentation over Jerusalem’s woes is, in the Western Church, the subject of today’s Gospel; and it gave its name to this ninth Sunday after Pentecost, at least among the Latins. We have already observed that it is easy to find, even in the Liturgy as it now stands, traces of how the […]

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Second Day Within the Octave of St. Laurence; Saints Tibertius and Susanna, Martyrs

Red Simple Laurence is followed today by the son of Chromatius, prefect of Rome, Tiburtius, who also suffered upon burning coals for the confession of his faith. Though forty years intervened between the two martyrdoms, it was the same Holy Spirit that animated these witnesses of Christ and suggested to them the same answer to […]

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Saint Laurence, Deacon and Martyr

Red Double of the Second Class (with a Simple Octave) “Once the mother of false gods, but now the bride of Christ, O Rome, it is through Laurence thou art victorious! Thou hadst conquered haughty monarchs and subjected nations to thine empire; but though thou hadst overcome barbarism, thy glory was incomplete till thou hadst […]

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Saint John Mary Vianney, Confessor

White Double Ever since the Sun of righteousness vanished from men’s view, the heaven of holy Church has been illumined through the centuries by the shining light of countless Saints; and even as the brightness of the stars increases as the night advances, so, as we recede from the blessed days of His mortal life, […]

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