Monday, February 22, 2021

Monday of the First Week of Lent

Purple Simple Each Feria of Lent has a proper Mass; whereas, in Advent, the Mass of the preceding Sunday is repeated during the week. This richness of the Lenten Liturgy is a powerful means for our entering into the Church’s spirit, since she hereby brings before us, under so many forms, the sentiments suited to […]

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Sunday, February 21, 2021

Quadragesima Sunday—the First Sunday of Lent

Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the First Class) This Sunday, the first of the six which come during Lent, is one of the most solemn throughout the year. It has the same privilege as Passion and Palm Sundays—that is, it never gives place to any Feast, not even to that of the Patron, Titular Saint, or […]

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Saturday After Ash Wednesday

The station for today is as noted in the missal, in the church of St. Trypho, martyr; but this church having been destroyed many centuries ago, the station is now in that of St. Augustine, which is built on the same site. Collect Adesto, Domine, supplicationibus nostris, et concede ut hoc solemne jejunium, quod animabus […]

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Friday After Ash Wednesday

The station for today is in the church of the holy martyrs, St. John and St. Paul. Collect Inchoata jejunia, quæsumus Domine, benigno favore prosequere: ut observantiam, quam corporaliter exhibemus, mentibus etiam sinceris exercere valeamus. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. Graciously favor us, O Lord, we beseech thee, in the fast we have undertaken: that […]

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Saint Simeon, Bishop and Martyr

Red Simple How venerable our Saint of today, with his hundred and twenty years, and his episcopal dignity, and his Martyr crown! He succeeded the Apostle St. James in the See of Jerusalem; he had known Jesus, and had been his disciple; he was related to Jesus, for he was of the House of David; […]

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Thursday After Ash Wednesday

Although the law of fasting began yesterday, yet Lent, properly so called, does not begin till the Vespers of Saturday next. In order to distinguish the rest of Lent from these four days which have been added to it, the Church continues to chant Vespers at the usual hour, and allows her ministers to break […]

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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday

Violet Privileged Feria Yesterday the world was busy in its pleasures, and the very children of God were taking a joyous farewell to mirth: but this morning, all is changed. The solemn announcement, spoken of by the prophet, has been proclaimed in Sion: the solemn fast of Lent, the season of expiation, the approach of […]

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

The Season of Lent

The History of Lent The forty days’ fast, which we call Lent, is the Church’s preparation for Easter, and was instituted at the very commencement of Christianity. Our blessed Lord Himself sanctioned it by fasting forty days and forty nights in the desert; and though He would not impose it on the world by an […]

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Monday, February 15, 2021

Saints Faustinus and Jovita, Martyrs

Red Simple The two Brothers whom we are to honor today, suffered martyrdom in the beginning of the second century, and their memory has ever been celebrated in the Church. The glory of the great ones of this world passes away, and men soon forget even their very names. Historians have oftentimes a difficulty in […]

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Monday of Quinquagesima Week

The life of a faithful Christian, like that of a patriarch Abraham, is neither more nor less than a courageous journeying onwards to the place destined for him by his Creator. He must put aside everything that could impede his progress, nor must he look back. This is, undoubtedly, hard doctrine; but if we reflect […]

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