*Although this may not be a Holy Day of Obligation this year because of dispensations due to COVID, please make a serious effort to attend Mass. Other than Easter, this is one of the most important days of the year. It is the day of the birth of Our Savior and we owe Him our … Continue reading For Unto Us a Savior is Born: Merry Christmas!
The announcement of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ is most appropriately chanted or recited during first Vespers on December 24. It can also be chanted or recited before the celebration of the Midnight Mass: The twenty-fifth day of December,/ when ages beyond number had run their course/ from the creation of the world,/ … Continue reading The Proclamation of Christmas
From ThinkingFaith.org This evening at Vespers (evening prayer), the Church begins the traditional O antiphons that are recited before and after the Magnificat and highlight the prophecies of the prophet Isaiah regarding the Messiah. They are also paraphrased in the traditional Advent hymn "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." There are 7 of them, to be … Continue reading The O Antiphons
Ember Days are days of penitential nature that acknowledge that we are in debt to God for our existence and everything we have. We ask for God's blessing and thank Him for the many things He has given us. These days occur during different periods throughout the year, and the Advent Ember Days occur the … Continue reading Advent Ember Days
There is a commercial currently on air that has a young woman who describes the resources that a certain company gives her to do her job with said company: "I want to change the world. And I am impatient. [This company] gives me the resources to do that at the pace that I want to … Continue reading Advent: Embracing the Season of Waiting, Expectation and Hope