Sunday, March 24, 2019

Third Sunday of Lent

Violet Semidouble (Privilege of the First Class) The holy Church gave us, as the subject of our meditation for the First Sunday of Lent, the Temptation which our Lord Jesus Christ deigned to suffer in the Desert. Her object was to enlighten us how to conquer them. Today, she wishes to complete her instruction on […]


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 […]


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is the Church of Saints Peter and Marcellinus, two celebrated Martyrs of Rome, under the persecution of Diocletian. Their names are inserted in the Canon of the Mass. Collect Da, quæsumus, Domine, nostris effectum jejuniis salutarem: ut castigatio carnis assumpta, ad nostrarum vegetationem transeat animarum. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. Grant, […]


Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday of the Second Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station for today is in the Church of Saint Vitalis, Martyr, the father of the two illustrious Milanese Martyrs, Saints Gervasius and Protasius. Collect Da, quæsumus omnipotens Deus; ut sacro nos purificante jejunio, sinceris mentibus ad sancta ventura facias pervenire. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen. Grant, O Almighty God, that being purified […]


Thursday, March 21, 2019

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 […]


Thursday of the Second Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station for today is in the celebrated Basilica St. Mary’s across the Tiber. It was consecrated in the 3rd century under the pontificate of St. Callixtus, and was the first Church built in Rome in honor of our Blessed Lady. Collect Præsta nobis, quæsumus, Domine, auxilium gratiæ tuæ, ut jejuniis et orationibus […]


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wednesday of the Second Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Basilica of Saint Cecily. This Church, one of the most venerable in Rome, was the house of the illustrious Virgin and Martyr whose name it bears. The body of St. Cecily is under the high altar together with those of Saints Valerian, Tiburtius, Maximus, and of the holy […]


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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: […]


Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Church of St. Balbina. This holy virgin of Rome was the daughter of the Tribune Quirinus, and suffered martyrdom during the pontificate of Alexander the First, in the second century. She consecrated her virginity to God, and led a life rich in good works. Collect Perfice, quæsumus, Domine, […]


Monday, March 18, 2019

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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