St Joseph

On the Veneration of St. Joseph

Saint Joseph has two feast days on the traditional liturgical calendar. March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph is the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He is the foster-father of Jesus Christ.  The second feast is the Solemnity of St. Joseph is kept on the Third Sunday after Easter. The Feast of “St. Joseph the Worker”, celebrated on the 1st of May is modern. It was given to the Church by Ven. Pope Pius XII in 1955 to coincide with the celebration of International Workers’ Day (May Day) in many countries.  ST. JOSEPH[…]

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St. Alphonsus Mary De Ligouri

On The Number Of Sins Beyond Which God Pardons No More

“Non tentabis Dominum Deum tuum.”“Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.”– Matt., 4:7 A sermon by St. Alphonsus Mary De Liguori (1696-1787), Bishop and Doctor of the Church. St. Francis Jerome, when he visited the parents of St. Alphonsus shortly after his birth, made this prophecy: “This child will be blessed with length of days; he shall not see death before his ninetieth year; he will be a bishop and will do great things for Jesus Christ.” This prophecy certainly came true. One of the most accomplished of all the saints is Alphonsus Liguori. He was a lawyer in[…]

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EASTER SUNDAY: Christ Our Resurrection

EASTER SUNDAY: Christ Our Resurrection

” Rise, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ will enlighten thee.” (Ephes. v. 14.) I. When Christ raised His body from the dead, He decorated it with all the attributes of glory. Lacerated and deformed before, it now becomes beautiful and lovely. Reflect on the difference which exists between a body that is dead, pale, wan, and motionless, and the same body when it is invested with the attributes of glory. The same difference exists between a soul in sin, and in the state of grace. The same difference, with due proportion, is to be found[…]

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Christ crucifixion

GOOD FRIDAY: A Summary of Our Lord’s Passion

Imagine yourself standing at the foot of the cross on which your Redeemer is suspended, and hear Him cry out in the words of the prophet, ” Oh all ye who pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like to My sorrow.” (Lament, i. 12.) Ponder attentively the whole passion in relation to the four principal circumstances, “that you may be able to comprehend with all the Saints what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth.” (Eph. iii. 18.) I. The Depth.—How ignominious it was! He was suspended aloft in the air, as[…]

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Virgin Mary crushing dragon

Marks of False Devotion to Virgin Mary

From “The True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin“by Saint Louis-Marie De Montfort. Now that we have established these five basic truths, it is all the more necessary to make the right choice of the true devotion to our Blessed Lady, for now more than ever there are false devotions to her which can easily be mistaken for true ones. The devil, like a counterfeiter and crafty, experienced deceiver, has already misled and ruined many Christians by means of fraudulent devotions to our Lady. Day by day he uses his diabolical experience to lead many more to their doom, fooling them, lulling[…]

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Divine Mercy Cult

The Cult of the Divine Mercy

Pope Pius XII put the writings of Sr. Faustina on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum [Index of Forbidden Books]. That meant that he considered that their content would lead Catholics astray or in the wrong direction. Next, came other prohibitions made by Pope John XXIII. Twice in his pontificate, the Holy Office issued condemnations of the Divine Mercy writings. Cardinal Ottaviani, as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), was responsible for the suppression of the Divine Mercy devotion. The Holy Office declared that “There is no evidence of the supernatural origin of these revelations.” “New forms[…]

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Holy Saturday Meditation: Burial of Our Lord Jesus

Holy Saturday Meditation: Burial of Our Lord

I. After Christ was dead, His sacred body was taken down from the cross by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. They laid the sacred treasure in the Mother’s arms, fulfilling the expression in the Canticle, “A bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me; He shall abide between my breasts.” (Cant. i. 12.) Observe with what sighs and tears and what expressions of profound grief she received the mangled body. Ponder what was said and done by her and her devout companions on this occasion. Take care that you make your beloved Saviour “a bundle of myrrh” in your regard,[…]

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Maundy Thursday Chrism Mass in the Lateran Basilica

On the Liturgy of Maundy Thursday

Station at St John Lateran The Station is held at St. John Lateran, originally called the Basilica of Saint Saviour. The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday is full of memories of the Redemption. It provided formerly for the celebration of three Masses: the first for the reconciliation of public Penitents, the second for the consecration of the holy oils, and the third for a special commemoration of the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper. This last Mass is the only one that has been preserved, and at it the Bishop, attended by twelve Priests, seven Deacons and seven[…]

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Compline - Night Prayer of the Divine Office

Compline – Night Prayer of the Divine Office

Compline is the Church’s second evening prayer. As opposed to Vespers, it is a subjective and individual prayer for the sinful soul who wants to make her peace with God. Particularly handsome is the symbolism of Compline. The hour begins uniquely without introduction, and abruptly halts for an examination of conscience. Light and sun are favorite Scriptural and liturgical symbols of God, Christ, and the divine life. On the other hand, night and darkness are frequent liturgical symbols for the powers of hell. It is this night theme that sets the tone for all of Compline. In darkness we recognize[…]

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Resurrection of Christ

Victimae Paschali Laudes

Victimae Paschali Laudes is one of the medieval sequences that were preserved in the Missale Romanum published in 1570 after the Council of Trent (1545-1563), this poetic liturgical hymn continues to be sung at the Tridentine Mass on Easter Sunday and through its Octave. The Easter sequence, attributed to Wipo of Burgundy (✞ 1048). This ancient chant tells the story of death and life locked in a struggle, wherein Christ, the Paschal victim, victorious over death, reconciles us to the Father. It tells the story of Mary Magdalene, who upon finding the empty tomb of the risen Christ and of finding the[…]

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Holy Saturday Easter Vigil ceremonies

Order for the Restored Vigil of Easter in Latin and English

Lumen Christi gloriose resurgentisDissipet tenebras cordis et mentis. Let us also pray together, using the form given by Leo XIII, the Exorcism against Satan and the Apostate Angels (Exorcismus in Satanam et angelos apostaticos, Rituale Romanum, Tit. XII, Caput III), so we can all fight together the common enemy of the whole human race. The liturgical reforms of Pope Pius XII continued a process initiated by Pope Pius X. In February of 1951, the Holy See under Pope Pius XII issued a decree restoring the Easter Vigil to Holy Saturday night. The decree states that by its gradual removal, in[…]

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tenebrae candles

How the Office of Tenebrae Was Sabotaged

By Dr. Carol Byrne, Great Britain. Among the liturgical treasures of Holy Week targeted by the reformers was the ancient service of Tenebrae (a Latin word meaning darkness) – so called because of its gradual extinguishing of lights – which had a continuous history of use in the Church since at least the 7th century until 1955. Yet many Catholics today have not the slightest notion that such a service ever existed in the Church, let alone what it entailed or what it was meant to signify, so great were the progressivists’ efforts to keep them, in quite another sense,[…]

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