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More on Rogationtide

Posted: Monday, April 28th, 2008 @ 6:26 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar, Prayer | Comments Off on More on Rogationtide

Today through Wednesday is Rogationtide again already.  As I mentioned before these are days of penance.  Fasting and abstinence were customary in many countries in former times.  Regarding the conflict between penitential days and Eastertide, Abbot Gueranger notes that even Mary and the apostles were sorrowful at the thought of their Jesus leaving them (and […]

Traditions, Past and Present

Posted: Saturday, April 26th, 2008 @ 6:04 am in Culture, Prayer | 3 Comments »

Recently, Jeffrey Tucker posted at NLM about chanting the grace before meals. Another blog picked up on it and derided the idea as pretentious and arrogant. Mr. Tucker made a reasonable response in the comments, but the blog author wouldn’t hear it, and mischaracterized traditionalists, in a way that is common among people who aren’t […]

Rogation Day

Posted: Friday, April 25th, 2008 @ 6:37 am in Easter, Liturgical Calendar | 3 Comments »

Today is the Major Rogation as opposed to the Minor Rogations (Monday-Wednesday next week).  The designation Major (or greater) is in relation to the solemnity of the litanies.  As I have noted before, these are days of penance to pray for God’s protection for our food supply and against calamitous weather.  If you have a […]

The Feast of Saint George

Posted: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008 @ 9:25 pm in Easter, Liturgical Calendar, Saints | Comments Off on The Feast of Saint George

Today is the feast of St. George.  In the East he is known as the Great Martyr, and devotion to him spread quickly in the West.  However the Western church lacked much of any history of St. George, so much so that the Roman liturgy had no particular lesson his life.  Instead the general reading […]

Leo Primus

Posted: Wednesday, April 9th, 2008 @ 9:35 pm in Easter, Lent, Liturgical Calendar, Popes, Saints | Comments Off on Leo Primus

This Friday the 11th is the Feast of Pope Saint Leo the Great (trad calendar). First I’ll get my rant out of the way. This another instance of utterly senseless moving of traditional feast days. On the new calendar St. Stanislaus is on the 11th. But on the old calendar the 6th – 10th were […]