Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saint Henry, Emperor

White Semidouble Henry of Germany, the second King, but the first Emperor of that name, was the last crowned representative of that branch of the house of Saxony descended from Henry the Fowler, to which God, in the tenth century, entrusted the mission of restoring the work of Charlemagne and Leo III. This noble stock […]

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Saint Bonaventure, Cardinal and Doctor of the Church

White Double Four months after the Angel of the Schools, the Seraphic Doctor appears in the heavens. Bound by the ties of love when on earth, the two are now united forever before the Throne of God. Bonaventure’s own words will show us how great a right they both had to the heavenly titles bestowed […]

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Saint Anacletus, Pope and Martyr

Red Semidouble The name of Anacletus sounds like a lingering echo of the solemnity of June 29th Linus, Clement, and Cletus, the immediate successors of St. Peter, received from his hands the pontifical consecration; Anacletus had a less but still inestimable glory of being ordained priest by the Vicar of the Man-God. Whereas the feasts […]

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Saint John Gualbert, Abbot

White Double Never, from the day when Simon Magus was baptized at Samaria, had hell seemed so near to conquering the Church, as at the period brought before us by today’s feast. Rejected and anathematized by Peter, the new Simon had said to the princes, as the former had said to the apostles: “Sell me […]

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Saint Pius I, Pope and Martyr

Red Simple A holy Pope of the second century, the first of the nine hitherto graced with the name of Pius, rejoices us today with his mild and gentle light. Although Christian society was in a precarious condition under the edicts of persecution, which even the best of the pagan emperors never abrogated, our Saint […]

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Monday, July 10, 2017

The Seven Brothers, Martyrs; and SS. Rufina & Secunda, Virgins and Martyrs

Red Semidouble Three times within the next few days will the number seven appear in the holy Liturgy, honoring the Blessed Trinity, and proclaiming the reign of the Holy Spirit with His sevenfold grace. Felicitas, Symphorosa, and the mother of the Machabees, each in turn will lead her seven sons to the feet of Eternal […]

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

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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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Saint Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal

White Semidouble In the footsteps of Margaret of Scotland and of Clotilde of France, a third Queen comes to shed her brightness on the sacred cycle. Born at the southern extremity of Christendom, where it borders of Musselman lands, she was destined by the Holy Ghost to seal with peace the victories of Christ, and […]

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Saints Cyril and Methodius, Bishops and Confessors, Apostles of the Sclaves

White Double It seems fitting that the Octave of the Princes of the Apostles should not end without the appearance on the sacred cycle of some, at least, of those brilliant satellites that borrow light from them, and continue their work throughout the course of ages. Twin stars this day arise on the heavens of […]

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Begin Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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