Tag Archives: Advent

First Advent – Question

Did your priest speak about Advent as a penitential season in his homily or bulletin article this weekend?

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O Radix Jesse

Apropos of today’s O Antiphon, O Radix Jesse, I’d like to share this photo of a beautiful altar found in a large side chapel of the Basilica of Our Lady, Help of Christians, in Wisconsin. Delicately carved into its travertine … Continue reading

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Bishop Says: Let’s Face Christ Together

I have written various times on the topic of Mass celebrated “ad orientem”, or “facing liturgical East” – i.e., the way Mass was celebrated for the majority of the Church’s 2,000 year history. (See here, here, and here, for some … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for Advent

Advent is nearly upon us. Are you ready? Here is a brief article on this topic, which I wrote for last week’s bulletin at St. Barnabas: “Liturgical New Year” is just two weeks away – November 30th is the First … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the O

Historically, December 18th was an interesting feast day in former times: known in the area of Spain/Portugal as the Feast of Our Lady of the O, it was more officially called the Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin … Continue reading

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Getting Ready in Rome

Here are some photos I snapped this afternoon and evening around Rome, showing how the city is getting ready to celebrate Christmas. The Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square. There were a lot of Italian families out this Sunday all … Continue reading

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Gaudete Sunday or Insecurity Sunday?

Happy Gaudete Sunday! Today the rose (pink) candle on the Advent wreath is lit; today hopefully you will see the priest wearing rose (pink) vestments in church. Our rose chasuble here where I live is unfortunately about the same color … Continue reading

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Do Whatever He Tells You

Marriage is the vocation to which the majority of men and women are called, and it is so great a calling that Christ made it the occasion for working His first public miracle. The happy newlyweds are seated in the … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Guadalupe – ¡Qué Viva!

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! ¡Feliz Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe! “Am I not here, who am your mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not … Continue reading

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Controversial Christmas Coruscation

Rome is a beautiful city (in some respects, at least!), but I think all the more so at Christmastime, when so many businesses decorate and many neighborhoods puts up light displays. For the past few years the city has put … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception

Today, December 8th, is ordinarily observed as the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, usually a Holy Day of Obligation, and in any case, the national feast day of the United States of America. Since the early part of the 19th … Continue reading

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Our Lady of ______________

“We have… this instinct about our Blessed Lady, that she is not merely the Mother of all our fallen race, but Mother of each individually; not our Mother, but my Mother. Protestants sometimes laugh at us because we address ourselves, … Continue reading

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