Thursday, March 24, 2016

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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Saint Gabriel, the Archangel

White Greater Double So far in the Church’s calendar, we have not met with any feast in honor of the holy angels. Amidst the ineffable joys of Christmas night, we mingled our timid but glad voices with the hymns of these heavenly spirits, who sang around the crib of our Emmanuel. The very recollection brings […]

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday in Holy Week: “Spy Wednesday”

Violet Simple 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 Feast […]

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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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Monday, March 21, 2016

Saint Benedict, Abbot

White Greater Double Forty days after the white dove of Cassino had mounted to heaven, Benedict, her glorious Brother, ascended by a bright path to the blissful abode where they were to be united forever. Both of them reached the heavenly country during that portion of the year which corresponds with the holy Season of […]

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Monday in Holy Week

Violet Simple This morning also, Jesus goes with his Disciples to Jerusalem. He is fasting, for the Gospel tells us that he was hungry. He approaches a fig-tree, which is by the wayside; but finds nothing on it, save leaves only. Jesus, wishing to give us an instruction, curses the fig-tree, which immediately withers away. […]

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Palm Sunday

Red Double of the First Class

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin

White Double of the First Class Yesterday, it was the bright Archangel that visited us; today it is Joseph, the Spouse of Mary, the Foster-Father of the Son of God, that comes to cheer us by his dear presence. In a few days hence, the august mystery of the Incarnation will demand our fervent adorations: […]

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Saturday in Passion Week

Violet Simple Today, we begin, as does the holy Gospel, to number the days which precede the Death, the Sacrifice, of the Lamb of God. St. John, in the 12th Chapter of his Gospel, tells us that this is the Sixth day before the Pasch. Jesus is in Bethania, where a feast is being given […]

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double It was right that the Church should honor, during these days devoted to the instruction of catechumens, the Pontiff whose very name suggests the zeal and knowledge which pastors ought to show in preparing candidates for baptism. He has long had a place in the Martyrology of the Western Church, but today, in […]

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