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Preparing for Easter

Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014 @ 8:26 pm in Lent, Liturgical Calendar | 2 Comments »

Like most people we have a lot of special foods we like to have at certain times of the year.  Our parish used to have cannoli sale fundraiser every year at Easter.  These were real cannolis, made by an older Italian couple.  We usually didn’t have cannolis any other time of year, so they became […]

The Akathist Hymn

Posted: Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 @ 10:04 pm in Lent, Liturgy, Saints | 1 Comment »

The wonderful feast of the Assumption reminded me of this other beautiful devotion to our Lady in the Easter churches.  We live about forty minutes from an Greek Orthodox church, and one of our family friends is a member there.  Our friend invited us there a while ago for their Akathist Hymn.  Every Friday evening […]

Mid-Lent Thursday

Posted: Thursday, March 31st, 2011 @ 10:49 am in Lent, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Mid-Lent Thursday

Just a quick note. Today is mid-Lent Thursday. It is the 20th day of fasting. Although we put off the celebration of mid-Lent until this Sunday (Latarae) it would not have been unusual in former times for people to do something special today. Although the rules of the fast were still to be observed, they […]

Lent with Dom Gueranger

Posted: Saturday, March 26th, 2011 @ 8:49 pm in Gueranger, Lent, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

Dom Gueranger’s reflection on the readings from Thursday’s Mass provides some much needed motivation to examine our Lenten practices so far.  We are already two and a half weeks into Lent, so it is a good time assess how our spiritual combat is progressing, and make improvements if necessary.  The readings for that day’s Mass […]

Preparing for Lent

Posted: Monday, March 7th, 2011 @ 10:25 pm in Lent | Comments Off on Preparing for Lent

I missed my goal for last month, but   at least I am getting one out  early this month.  Septuagisimatide is almost over  and Lent is nearly upon us.  In past years I have not really focused on spiritual reading during Lent.  But St. Benedict says that each monk should pick one book out from […]

Holy Week

Posted: Monday, March 29th, 2010 @ 10:06 pm in Lent, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on Holy Week

As I have been trying (and mostly failing) to get more spiritual reading in this Lent, I have not really had time to blog much. But I just wanted to wish everyone a fruitful Holy Week. Ideally this week should be a retreat for us, at least insofar as our secular duties allow. Most of […]


Posted: Sunday, March 14th, 2010 @ 8:07 am in Gueranger, Lent | Comments Off on Laetare

Happy Mothering Sunday to all you moms out there!  Enjoy the real Mother’s Day. And Rejoice for we are more than halfway through Lent.  Last Thursday was actually the halfway point, and for that reason is (was) sometimes called Mid-Lent Thursday.  Dom Gueranger notes that the Greeks observe Mid-Lent on Wednesday and for them it […]

Feast Of Saint Matthias

Posted: Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 @ 11:04 am in Lent, Liturgical Calendar, Saints | 1 Comment »

Today is the Feast of St. Matthias, the apostle who replaced Judas among the twelve.  His selection as the first “apostolic successor” is recorded in Acts 1:15-26.  According to St. Clement of Alexandria (as well as Jerome and Eusebius) tell us that he was one of the seventy two disciples sent out by our Lord […]

Lent Quotes

Posted: Saturday, March 28th, 2009 @ 8:38 pm in Lent, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

Passiontide is upon us. It is a good time to rededicate ourselves to Lenten prayer, fasting, and alms giving to finish strong and be prepared for Easter. Here are some quotes that I find helpful. One of my favorite quotes on fasting, from Pope Benedict XIV (Non Ambigimus): “The observance of Lent is the very […]

Happy Feast of the Annunciation

Posted: Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 @ 11:57 am in Lent, Liturgical Calendar | 5 Comments »

Another feast that should be a holy day of obligation. Lots of good info at Fisheaters.