Monday, November 20, 2017

Saint Felix of Valois, Confessor

White Double Felix was called in his youth to dwell in the desert; and he thought to die there, forgotten by the world he had despised. But our Lord had decreed that his old age should yield fruit before men. It was one of those epochs which may be called turning points in history. The […]

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble Mass.— is that of the Sixth Sunday After Epiphany, with the exception of the Collect, Secret, and Postcommunion, which are those of the Third Sunday After Epiphany. Introit Adorate Deum omnes angeli ejus: audivit et lætata est Sion: et exsultaverunt filiæ Judæ Adore God, all ye his angels: Sion heard and was glad, […]

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Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Duchess of Thuringia

White Double Although the blessed in heaven shine each with his own peculiar glory, God is pleased to group them in families, as he groups the stars in the material firmament. It is grace that presides over the arrangement of these constellations in the heaven of the Saints; but sometimes it seems as if God […]

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

White Greater Double quod duce te mundus surrexit in astra triumphans, hanc Constantinus victor tibi condidit aulam. Because the world under thy conduct has risen triumphant to the very heavens, Constantine the conqueror has built this temple in thy honor. This inscription stood in letters of gold over the triumphal arch in the ancient Vatican […]

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus, Bishop and Confessor

White Semi-double Moses instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, mighty in his words and in his deeds, retired into the desert: Gregory, adorned with the best gifts of birth and nature, brilliant in rhetoric, rich in every science, hid himself from men in the flower of his youth, and hastened to offer to […]

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Saint Gertrude, Virgin

White Double The school which is founded upon the rule of the great Patriarch of the Monks of the West began with St. Gregory the Great. Such was the independent action of the Holy Spirit who guided it that in it women have prophesied as well as men. It is enough to mention St. Hildegarde […]

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Saint Josaphat, Bishop and Martyr

Red Double Josaphat Kuncewicz, contemporary with St. Francis de Sales and St. Vincent de Paul, might have been taken for a Greek monk of the eleventh century, or an ascetic of the Thebaid. A stranger to the intellectual culture of the West, he knew only the liturgical books and sacred texts used in his own […]

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Saint Didacus, Confessor

White Semi-double A humble lay brother, Didacus of St. Nicholas is welcomed today by his father St. Francis into the company of Bernardine of Siena and John Capistran, who preceded him by a few years to heaven. The two latter left Italy and the whole of Europe still echoing with their voices, the one making […]

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday After the Octave of All Saints: The Dedication of Churches

Domum Dei decet sanctitudo: Sponsum ejus Christum adoremus in ea. Such is the Invitatory Antiphon, which sums up the liturgical thought of the day: “Holiness becometh the House of God: let us adore therein Christ her Spouse.”What is this mystery of a house that is at the same time a bride?—Our churches are holy because […]

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The Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semi-double For the years when the number of the Sundays after Pentecost is only twenty-three, the Mass for today is taken from the twenty-fourth and last Sunday: and the Mass appointed for the twenty-third, is said on the previous Saturday, or on the nearest day of the preceding week, which is not impeded by […]

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