Category Archives: Christmas and Epiphany

WDTPRS Baptism of the Lord – He must increase, we must decrease

On the SIXTH of January, Epiphany, we prayed liturgically with the three mysteries of the Lord’s life revealing Him as divine: the adoration of Jesus by the Magi, the changing water to wine at Cana, and His baptism by John in the … Continue reading

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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: 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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31 Dec & 1 Jan: Plenary Indulgences for the faithful

On 31 December  the faithful can gain a Plenary Indulgence by public recitation or singing of the Te Deum.On 1 January the faithful can gain a Plenary Indulgence by public recitation or singing of the Veni Creator. From the Enchiridion … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas (1962MR)

What is going on in today’s …. COLLECT – LATIN TEXT (1962MR): Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo: ut in nomine dilecti Filii tui mereamur bonis operibus abundare. This Collect survived the surgeons of Bugnini’s Consilium to … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Sunday in the Octave of Christmas – Holy Family – (2002MR)

In the Novus Ordo, today is the Feast of the Holy Family.  We are also observing Sunday in the Octave of Christmas. A liturgical “octave” is an eight day period following and including the feast. In a way, the Church … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – COLLECT 2nd Mass of Christmas (1962MR)

Originally, the second Mass of Christmas went together with Lauds.  The antiphons of Lauds form a kind of call and response, or question and answer cant about the experience of the shepherds coming to find the Christ Child.  Sometimes the … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Midnight Mass (1962MR)

Christmas has three Masses, at night, at dawn and in the day. Let us use the Mass in nocte or “Midnight Mass”. Using the texts of the orations, let’s drill into our "Midnight Mass" in the Extraordinary Use of the … Continue reading

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