Category Archives: Christmas and Epiphany

WDTPRS: Epiphany – Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.

In the ancient Western Church and in the East, Epiphany was more important than the relative latecomer Christmas.  Epiphany is from the Greek word for a divine “manifestation” or “revelation”.  There are many “epiphanies” of God in the Scripture.  Think, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Childermas – Holy Innocents

Lully, lulla, thou little tiny child, By by, lully lullay, thou little tiny child, By by, lully lullay. O sisters too, How may we do For to preserve this day This poor youngling, For whom we do sing, By by, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS Epiphany Collect: transformed by the beauty of Your sublime glory

In the ancient Western Church and in the East, Epiphany was more important than the relative latecomer Christmas.  Epiphany is from the Greek word for a divine “manifestation” or “revelation”.  There are many “epiphanies” of God in the Scripture.  Think, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS: Epiphany (2002MR): becoming what we encounter

Allow me first to rant: I understand that transferring major feasts to a Sunday can have the “pastoral” aim of exposing more people to the mystery the feast celebrates.  But… for the love of God… Ascension Thursday is on Thursday … Continue reading

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Reminder: Blessing chalk, houses on Epiphany

Wednesday is 6 January and therefore Epiphany. Don’t forget, Fathers, the wonderful tradition of blessing chalk and houses. (In other words, get some chalk today, if you don’t already have some.)

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Benedict XVI’s Christmas Sermon: liturgy is the first priority

The shepherds teach us a priority: hasten to worship.  Everything else comes later. In his sermon for Christmas Pope Benedict shows his mystical side.  He is a liturgical mystic.  That is to say, for Benedict, worship is an occasion for … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Epiphany (1962MR)

What Does the Prayer Really Say?  6 January – Epiphany (1962 Missale Romanum – Roman Station: San Pietro in Vaticano) “Epiphany” comes from the Greek word for a divine “manifestation” or “revelation”.  The antiphons for Vespers in the Liturgy of … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Epiphany – Roman Station: San Pietro in Vaticano (2002MR)

The Roman Station for Epiphany is San Pietro in Vaticano.  The only problem is that Epiphany in the Vatican is celebrated on 6 January, when it ought to be.  In the rest of the world, sadly, Epiphany is moved around, … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1 January – Octave of Christmas (1962MR)

What Does the Prayer Really Say?  1 January – The Octave of Christmas (1962 Missale Romanum) During the Octave of the Nativity Holy Church helps us to rest in the mystery of the Lord’s Birth, His future Sacrifice, and the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 1 Jan – Mary, the Mother of God (2002MR)

The prayers for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God in the 2002MR. COLLECT (2002MR) Deus, qui salutis aeternae, beatae Mariae virginitate fecunda, humano generi praemia praestitisti, tribue, quaesumus, ut ipsam pro nobis intercedere sentiamus, per quam meruimus Filium tuum … Continue reading

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