Friday, September 3, 2021

Saint Pius X, Pope and Confessor

White Double The primary aim of his pontificate Pius X announced in his first encyclical letter, viz., “to renew all things in Christ.” Here we need but allude to his decree on early and frequent reception of holy Communion; his Motu Proprio on church music; his encouragement of daily Bible reading and the establishment of […]

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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Saint Stephen, King of Hungary, Confessor

White Semidouble “Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. The people with teeth of steel grinding the nations gives itself up as food to him, to whom was said: Kill and eat; the mouth of the Huns, formerly vomiting foam and rage, now distills the honey of […]

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Saint Giles, Abbot; Twelve Holy Brothers, Martyrs

White Simple “A simple and upright man, and fearing God, and avoiding evil:” such is the description of the just man in the lessons of the night Office for the time, and it is the portrait of the holy monk whom the Church offers us today for our admiration, our imitation, and our devotion. Fleeing […]

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Saint Raymond Nonnatus, Confessor

White Double August closes as it began, with a feast of deliverance; as though that were the divine seal set by Eternal Wisdom upon this month—the month when holy Church makes the works and ways of Divine Wisdom the special object of her contemplation. Upon the fall of our first parents and their expulsion from […]

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Saint Rose of Lima, Virgin; Comm. of Ss. Felix and Adauctus, Martyrs

White Double The fragrance of holiness is wafted today across the dark Ocean, renewing the youth of the Old World, and winning for the New the good will of heaven and earth. A century before the birth of St. Rose, Spain, having cast out the Crescent from her own territory, received as a reward the […]

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Begin Novena in Honor of Our Lady’s Nativity

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Sunday, August 29, 2021

The Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Green Semidouble In the Western Church, this Sunday is called that of the two masters, because of the Gospel which is read upon it. The Greeks give it the name of the Sunday of the Invited to the Marriage-feast, or the fourteenth of Saint Matthew, unless the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross […]

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The Decollation of Saint John the Baptist

Red Greater Double “At that time, Herod sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her. For John said to Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother’s wife. How Herodias laid snares for him, and […]

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

White Double Today Augustine, the greatest and the humblest of the Doctors, is hailed by heaven, where his conversion caused greater joy than that of any other sinner; and celebrated by the Church, who is enlightened by his writings as to the power, the value, and the gratuitousness of divine grace. Since that wonderful, heavenly […]

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Friday, August 27, 2021

Saint Joseph Calasanctius, Confessor

White Double To thee is the poor man left: thou wilt be a helper to the orphan. Proud Venice has already seen these words realized in her noble son Jerome Æmilian: today they indicate the sanctity of another illustrious person, descended from the first princes of Navarre, but of still higher rank in the kingdom […]

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