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First, even as Advent draws nearer and nearer, fix it in your mind to do your online shopping using my search box on the side bar! Time flies. I like to get my shopping done well in advance so … Continue reading
We are drawing close, though because Christmas falls on Sunday we still have a week to go.
Excita, quaesumus, Domine, potentiam tuam, et veni: et magna nobis virtute succurre; ut, per auxilium gratiae tuae, quod nostra peccata praepediunt, indulgentia tuae … Continue reading
The 4th Sunday’s Collect in the Novus Ordo is also the Post Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962MR).
The Annunciation was the moment of the Incarnation of our Lord.
Therefore, on … Continue reading
The other days His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, the Extraordinary Ordinary, Bishop of Madison held one of his regular, usually monthly, “staff catechesis” meetings. He is also generous in forthrightly answering questions about the topic he chooses to … Continue reading
Do you remember the little mnemonic poems? “Lenty, Penty, Crucy, Lucy”, or else
“Fasting days and Emberings be
Lent, Whitsun, Holyrood, and Lucie.”
The Wednesday, Friday and Saturday after St. Lucy are the Advent Ember Days.
In the old Julian calendar before the Gregorian … Continue reading
First, I’ll remind you, please, when shopping via Amazon, use my search box on the sidebar. I’ll get a small percentage of each item you get. I have no way of seeing who buys what, by the way. Get your … Continue reading
This Sunday’s nickname, “Gaudete” means “Rejoice!” Gaudete, an imperative of gaudeo and the first word of the Introit chant, sets the theme in the Novus Ordo and the older, Traditional Mass: joy. Advent is not strictly a penitential season the … Continue reading
We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”, the first word of the Introit chant. This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent, just Laetare Sunday does … Continue reading
The use of blue vestments during Advent has been dying out for several years as the aging hippies drop. However, inspired by Pope Francis, perhaps we shouldn’t be so rigid and just – what the heck – use them anyway?
Let’s … Continue reading
We’ve come around this weekend to the 1st Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year.
In the newer, post-Conciliar calendar this Sunday is back to back with the Solemnity of Christ the King, honoring the future Second Coming … Continue reading
We are now in the week following the last Sunday of the liturgical year. Advent is heading towards us quickly.
Do you remember there is an album of Advent music available? The wonderful Benedictine Nuns in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. … Continue reading
The 4th Sunday’s Collect is also the Post Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation (25 March) in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (1962MR).
The Annunciation was the moment of the Incarnation of our Lord.
Therefore, on that feast and on … Continue reading
The use of blue vestments during Advent is pretty much cliché now, so cliché that not even the aging hippies are clinging to it. Here’s my annual rant about the use of blue vestments in the Roman Rite.
At this point, … Continue reading
13 December was the darkest day of the old Julian calendar. Thus, today in the Gregorian calendar is the feast of St. Lucy, whose name from the Latin lux, for “light”, reminds us who dwell in the still darkening northern hemisphere … Continue reading
We are coming to the 3rd Sunday of Advent, also nicknamed Gaudete…. the plural imperative of gaudeo, “Rejoice!”. This Sunday there is a relaxation of the penitential aspect of Advent.
Yes, Advent is a penitential time, though not so much as … Continue reading
It is Advent, and we must let Advent be Advent. It is a time of spiritual preparing for receiving the Lord, who comes now and will come to us in many ways. In fact, it is a time of … Continue reading
It is possible that we are already back to Advent?
Advent begins a new liturgical year. Each year Holy Church presents the history of our salvation and the mysteries of the life, death, resurrection and the return of the Lord. Each … Continue reading