Tuesday, January 12, 2021

The Seventh Day Within the Octave of the Epiphany

Having laid their offerings at the feet of Jesus as a sign of the alliance they had, in the name of all mankind, contracted with him, and laden with his graces and blessings, the Magi take their leave of the Divine Babe; for such was his will. They take their departure from Bethlehem, and the […]

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Monday, January 11, 2021

The Sixth Day Within the Octave of the Epiphany

The Magi were not satisfied with paying their adorations to the great King whom Mary presented to them. After the example of the Queen of Saba, who paid her homage to the Prince of Peace in the person of King Solomon, these three Eastern Kings opened their treasures and presented their offerings to Jesus. Our […]

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Sunday, January 10, 2021

Feast of the Holy Family

White Greater Double This Sunday has been chosen by the Church for the celebration of the Feast of the Holy Family; the liturgy of the day, as expressed in the Gospel, harmonizes well with the mystery of the new Feast, for it already carries us forward to the childhood of our Emmanuel and gives us […]

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The Fifth Day Within the Octave of the Epiphany

The Magi have reached Bethlehem; the humble dwelling of the King of the Jews has been thrown open to them; there, says St. Matthew, they found the Child with Mary his Mother. Falling down, they adore the divine King they have so fervently sought after, and for whom the whole earth has been longing. Here […]

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

The Fourth Day Within the Octave of the Epiphany

The Star foretold by Balaam having risen in the East, the three Magi, whose hearts were full of the expectation of the promised Redeemer, are immediately inflamed with the desire of going in search of him. The announcement of the glad coming of the King of the Jews is made to these holy Kings in […]

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Friday, January 8, 2021

The Third Day Within the Octave of the Epiphany

The great Mystery of the Alliance of the Son of God with the universal Church, and which is represented in the Epiphany by the Magi, was looked forward to by the world in every age previous to the coming of our Emmanuel. The Patriarchs and Prophets had propagated the tradition; and the Gentile world gave […]

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

The Second Day Within the Octave of the Epiphany

A solemnity of such importance as the Epiphany could not be without an Octave. The only Octaves during the year that are superior to this of the Epiphany are those of Easter and Pentecost. It has a privilege which the Octave of Christmas has not; for no Feast can be kept during the Octave of […]

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Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The Epiphany of Our Lord

White Double of the First Class (Privileged Octave of the Second Order) The Feast of the Epiphany is the continuation of the mystery of Christmas; but it appears on the Calendar of the Church with its own special character. Its very name, which signifies Manifestation, implies that it celebrates the apparition of God to his […]

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021

The Vigil of the Epiphany; with a Commemoration of Saint Telesphorus, Pope and Martyr

White Semidouble (Privilege of the Second Class The Feast of Christmas is over; the five Octaves are closed; and we are on the Eve of the Solemnity of our Lord’s Epiphany. We must spend this fifth of January in preparing ourselves for the Manifestation which Jesus, the Angel of the Great Counsel, is about to […]

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The Octave of Saint Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Martyr

The Catholic Church in England celebrates today the Octave of St. Thomas of Canterbury. It is but fitting that the Country which was beautified with the blood of the illustrious Martyr should honor his memory with an especial fervor, and keep up his Feast during the joyful Octaves of Stephen, of John the Beloved Disciple, […]

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