Sunday, July 5, 2020

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble This Sunday, which, with the Greeks, is called the fifth of Saint Matthew, was known by the Latins as the Sunday of the Fishing; such was its name up to the time when the Church had transferred to the previous Sunday the Gospel which suggested that title. The week which it commences is, […]

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Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Confessor

White Double Later than Cajetan of Vicenza and earlier than Ignatius of Loyola, Anthony was called to be the father of one of those religious families which arose in such numbers during the sixteenth century to repair the ruins of the house of God. Lombardy, exhausted and demoralized by the wars for the possession of […]

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Sixth Day Within the Octave of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Red Semidouble Peter and Paul cease not to hearken to the prayer of their devout clients throughout the world. Time has wrought no change in their power; and in heaven, no more than formerly on earth, can the gravity of the general interests of holy Church so absorb them, as that they should neglect the […]

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Saint Leo the Second, Pope and Confessor

White Semidouble It were fitting that our attention should not be diverted, on this Vigil, from the august object which is occupying the Church in the preparation of her chants. But the triumph of Peter will shine out with all the more splendor in proportion as the testimony he rendered to the son of God […]

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The Fifth Day Within the Octave of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul

Red Semidouble Although amongst the saints there is none who is undeserving of earth’s humble homage, or whose intercession is powerless in our behalf, yet the cultus rendered to each one, and the confidence evinced, necessarily vary in proportion to what we know of his or her glory. It is therefore only just, as Saint […]

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

White Double of the Second Class Our Lady’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth already engaged our attention while we were preparing for the Christmas festival. But it is only fitting to return again to an event so important in our Lady’s life; the mere commemoration of this mystery made on Ember Friday in Advent would […]

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Red Double of the First Class John the Baptist has pointed out the Lamb, Peter has firmly fixed His throne, Paul has prepared the Bride; this their joint work, admirable in its unity, at once suggests the reason for their feasts occurring almost simultaneously on the cycle. The alliance being now secured, all three fall […]

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Octave Day of Saint John the Baptist

The Church unites on June the 24th in one same glad celebration, the memory both of the Birth of the Precursor and of his Circumcision, surrounded as it was by prodigies, related in the Gospel of the feast itself. But, properly speaking, this is the day whereon these wonders were operated, according to the words […]

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Commemoration of Saint Paul, Apostle

Red Greater Double Whereas the Greeks on this day are uniting in one Solemnity, the Memory, as they express it, of the illustrious Saints, the Twelve Apostles, worthy of all praise,—let us follow in spirit the Roman populace, who are gathered around the successor of Peter, and are making the splendid basilica on the Ostian […]

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles

Red Double of the First Class (with an Octave) Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Behold the hour when the answer which the Son of Man, exacted of the Fisher of Galilee, re-echoes from the seven hills and fills the whole earth. Peter no longer dreads the triple interrogation of his Lord. Since that […]

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