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Celebrating Epipany

Posted: Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 @ 10:01 am in Christmas, Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

Yesterday (1/13) we wrapped up the octave of Epiphany.  Christmas continued here, with lights and all.  For most of the world, even the Catholic world, it probably passed by without much notice. Even for Epiphany itself, at lease here in America, most customs associated with it have been condensed into Christmas day.  There are some […]

Many Shall Rejoice In His Nativity

Posted: Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 @ 8:09 am in Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar, Saints, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Many Shall Rejoice In His Nativity

But the angel said to him: Fear not, Zachary, for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John: And thou shalt have joy and gladness, and many shall rejoice in his nativity. (Luke 1:13–14) Today is the Vigil of the Nativity of John […]

Octave Of All Saints Day 7

Posted: Monday, November 7th, 2011 @ 7:00 am in Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar, Saints, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Octave Of All Saints Day 7

Our last pair of Holy Helpers are Sts. Giles patron of cripples, and of making a good confession among many other things,  and Vitus patron against epilepsy.  I never knew anything about St. Giles before I happened to read the Liturgical Year entry on him this year (Sept 1st).  I guess I missed it every […]

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Posted: Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 @ 10:11 pm in Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar, Saints, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

“The Church, ever under attack, yet hitherto ever victorious, seemed about to succumb, so undermined were her walls by heresy, so broken by the battering ram of the secular power; while, within the citadel, the ancient faith was sinking under prolonged scandals, leaving the field open to the enterprise of traitors, and multiplying defections in […]

Feast Of St. Lawrence

Posted: Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 @ 10:08 pm in Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar, Saints, Time After Pentecost | 1 Comment »

Today is the feast of St. Lawrence.  The holy deacon of Rome used to be one of the most popular saints on the calendar.  At Mass today our pastor likened his popularity to being like Mother Theresa and Padre Pio wrapped into one.  A few years ago I told the children his story.  When I […]

Summer Embertide 2011

Posted: Saturday, June 18th, 2011 @ 9:45 pm in Easter, Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar | 1 Comment »

We just wrapped up the Summer Embertide for this year, which always comes during the Octave of Pentecost. Every year I always wonder why these fasting days come during such a great feast. I noticed a comment in the Liturgical Year this time around that I didn’t before. Dom Gueranger says that priestly ordination is […]

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 […]

Posted: Monday, January 31st, 2011 @ 9:39 pm in Advent, Gueranger, Prayer, This Blog | Comments Off on

Obviously there has not been much activity here lately.  It has been hard to find time and motivation to blog.  There is a lot of writing I would like to do, but right now the blogging kind is low on the list.  However I do not want to give up on this blog.  My goal […]

The New Year

Posted: Saturday, January 1st, 2011 @ 10:47 pm in Christmas, Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar | Comments Off on The New Year

There is an interesting note in the Liturgical Year entry for the seventh day of Christmas (31st).  Abbot Gueranger tells us that Mozarabic Church is the only one to give liturgical expression to the close of the year.  They used the following preface on the Sunday before Epiphany: It is meet and just that we […]

Another One For St. John’s Day

Posted: Monday, August 2nd, 2010 @ 8:42 pm in Gueranger, Liturgical Calendar, Time After Pentecost | Comments Off on Another One For St. John’s Day

Ok, I am finally getting around to post I started over a month ago, for the Nativity of John the Baptist.  As I have noted before, this has become one of my favorite feast days.  To emphasize how important it was in ages past, I will start with this quote from, you guessed it, Dom […]


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