Monday, April 5, 2021

Easter Monday

White Double of the First Class Hæc dies quam fecit Dominus; exsultemus et lætemur in ea! This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein! So ample and so profound is the mystery of the glorious Pasch, that an entire week may well be spent in its meditation. […]

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Saint Vincent Ferrer, Confessor

White Double Today, again, it is Catholic Spain that offers one of her Sons to the Church, that she may present him to the Christian world as a model and a patron. Vincent Ferrer, or as he was called, the Angel of the Judgment, comes to us proclaiming the near approach of the Judge of […]

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Easter Sunday

White Double of the First Class (with Privileged Octave of the First Order) Hæc dies quam fecit Dominus; exsultemus et lætemur in ea! This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us be glad and rejoice therein! Morning The night between Saturday and Sunday has well nigh run its course, and the day-dawn […]

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Saint Isidore, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double The Church presents to us today, for our devout admiration, the memory of the one of the holiest of her Bishops—Isidore, the Bishop of Seville, the most learned man of his age, and what is a still greater praise, the most zealous patriot and friend of his noble country. Let us study his […]

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Saturday, April 3, 2021

Paschal Time

The History of Paschal Time We give the name of Paschal Time to the period between Easter Sunday and the Saturday following Whit Sunday. It is the most sacred portion of the Liturgical year, and the one towards which the whole Cycle converges. We shall easily understand how this is, if we reflect on the […]

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Holy Saturday

Violet & White Double of the First Class A night has passed over the Tomb, wherein lies buried the Body of the Man-God. Death is triumphant in that silent cave, and hold captive Him that gives life to every creature—but his triumph will soon be at an end. The Soldiers may watch, as best they […]

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Friday, April 2, 2021

Good Friday

Black Double of the First Class The Night Office The ceremonies used by the Church for the Office of Tenebræ having been already explained, we deem it unnecessary to repeat our instructions. The reader may refer to them, should he require to refresh his memory. They are given at the entry for Maundy Thursday. Pater […]

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Saint Francis of Paula, Confessor

White Double The founder of a Religious Order, whose distinguishing characteristics were humility and penance, comes before us today: it is Francis of Paula. Let us study his virtues and beg his intercession. His whole life was one of great innocence; and yet we find him embracing, from his earliest youth, mortifications which nowadays would […]

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Maundy Thursday

White Double of the First Class This is the first day of the Azymes, or Feast of the Unleavened Bread. At sunset, the Jews must eat the Pasch in Jerusalem. Jesus is still in Bethania; but he will return to the City before the hour for the Paschal supper. The Law commands this; and, until […]

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Wednesday in Holy Week: “Spy Wednesday”

Violet Privileged Feria The Chief Priests and the Ancients of the people are met today, in one of the rooms adjoining the Temple, for the purpose of deliberating on the best means of putting Jesus to death. Several plans are discussed. Would it be prudent to lay hands upon him at this season of the […]

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