Friday, May 27, 2022

Saint John the First, Pope and Martyr

White Commemoration The palm of martyrdom was won by this holy Pope, not in a victory over a Pagan Persecutor, but in battling for the Church’s Liberty, against a Christian King. But this king was a heretic, and therefore an enemy of every Pontiff that was zealous for the triumph of the true Faith. The […]


Friday Within the Octave of the Ascension

O rex gloriæ, Domine virtutum, qui triumphator hodie super omnes cœlos ascendisti, ne derelinquas nos orphanos; sed mitte promissum Patris in nos Spiritum veritatis, alleluia. O King of glory, Lord of hosts, who didst this day ascend in triumph above all the heavens! leave us not orphans, but send upon us the Spirit of truth, […]


Thursday, May 26, 2022

The Ascension of Our Lord

White Double of the First Class with Privileged Octave of the Third Order The sun of the fortieth day has risen in all his splendor. The earth, which shook with gladness at the Birth of our Emmanuel, now thrills with a strange emotion. The divine series of the mysteries of the Man-God is about to […]


Saint Philip Neri, Confessor

White Double As we have already said, Joy is the leading feature of the Paschal Season—a supernatural Joy, which springs from our delight at seeing the glorious triumph of our Emmanuel, and from the happiness we feel at our own being delivered from the bonds of death. This interior Joy was the characteristic of the […]


Saint Eleutherius, Pope and Martyr

Red Commemoration This twenty-sixth of May is also honored by the memory of one of those early Pontiffs who, like Urban, were the foundations of the Church in the Age of Persecution. Eleutherius ascended the Papal Throne in the very midst of the storm that was raised by Marcus Aurelius and Commodus. It was he […]


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Vigil of the Ascension; Wednesday of the Rogation Days

White Double For the third time, holy Church marshals her children in procession, and makes a solemn appeal to the divine mercy. Let us follow her sacred standard, and join her in invoking the intercession of the Saints. The Litany, in which we pray to all the choirs of the heavenly Jerusalem, is both a […]


Saint Gregory the Seventh, Pope and Confessor

White Double Our Easter Calendar has already given us the two great Popes, Leo the Great and Pius the Fifth; it bids us, today, pay honor to the glorious memory of Gregory the Seventh. These three names represent the action of the Papacy, dating from the period of the Persecutions. The mission divinely put upon […]


Saint Urban, Pope and Martyr

Red Commemoration This day is beautified by the triumph of two sainted Popes; and the Seventh Gregory, when he quitted this earth, was introduced into the court of Heaven by one of the predecessors. Urban was a Martyr by the shedding of his blood; Gregory was a Martyr by the sufferings he had to endure […]


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Our Lady, Help of Christians

Saint John Chrysostom was the first person to use the Marian title Sancta Maria Auxilium, or Mary, Help of Christians, in A.D. 345 as a devotion to the Virgin Mary, along with Saint Don Bosco, who also propagated the same Marian devotion under this title. It was established due to the great appreciation of Saint […]


Rogation Days:—Tuesday

Today, again, the great Litany, the Supplication, is heard in the House of the Lord: the solemn Procession re-appears in the streets of the city, and in the quiet lanes of the country. Let us take our share in this sacred rite; let us blend our voice with that of our Mother, and join the […]


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