Thursday, March 24, 2022

Thursday of the Third Week of Lent

Purple Simple This day brings us to the middle of Lent, and is called Mid-Lent Thursday. It is the twentieth of the forty fasts imposed upon us at this holy Season by the Church. The Greeks call this Thursday Mesonēstios, that is, the mid-Fast. They give this name to the entire week, which, in their […]


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 […]


Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station, at Rome, is in the Church of Saint Xystus, on the Appian Road. It now goes under the name of Saint Xystus the Old, in order to distinguish it from another Church that is dedicated to the same holy Pope and Martyr. Collect Præsta nobis, quæsumus, Domine, ut salutaribus jejuniis eruditi, […]


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Tuesday of the Third Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Church of St. Pudentiana, daughter of Pudens, the Senator. This holy virgin of Rome lived in the 2nd century. She was remarkable for her charity, and for the zeal wherewith she sought for and buried the bodies of the Martyrs. Her Church is built on the very spot […]


Monday, March 21, 2022

Monday of the Third Week of Lent

Violet Simple The Station is in the Church of Saint Mark, which was built in the fourth century, in honor of the Evangelist, by the holy Pope Mark, whose relics are kept there. Collect Cordibus nostris, quæsumus, Domine, gratiam tuam benignus infunde: ut sicut ab escis carnalibus abstinemus, ita sensus quoque nostros a noxiis retrahamus […]


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 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 […]


Saturday, March 19, 2022

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, […]


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: […]


Friday, March 18, 2022

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 […]


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