Saint Stephen, Protomartyr

December 26 Today is the feast day of Saint Stephen.  Ora pro nobis. “And they, crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord rushed violently upon him. And casting him out of the city, they stoned him and the witness laid down their garments at the feet of a young … Read more

Christmas Day, The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Christmas

December 25 The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Music: O Magnum Mysterium O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear Christ the Lord. Alleluia!   by Fr. Raphael Frassinetti, 1900 Gospel. Luke ii. 1-14. At that … Read more

The Vigil of the Nativity

Vigil

December 24 Adapted from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger, The Vigil of the Nativity Ascendit autem et Joseph . . . ut profittretur cutit Maria desponsata sibi uxore pregnant. “And Joseph also went up . . . to be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.”–St. Luke, ii. 4. “At length,” … Read more

The Story of the Magi

The Story of the Magi By Ed Masters   A caravan of dromedaries treks across the burning desert in the Middle East. The scene was a familiar one since at least Abraham’s time across the time-worn routes of trade and barter, exploration and war scouts. But one memorable journey made over two thousand years ago … Read more

Saint Thorlac Thorhallson of Iceland, Bishop

Saint Thorlac

December 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Thorlac Thorhallson.  Ora pro nobis. Thorlac (Thorlak) was born in 1133, less than two centuries after German and Norwegian missionaries began the first effective evangelization of Iceland. The pagan nation’s conversion had involved a dramatic national struggle, as many Icelanders clung fiercely to their ancestral religion … Read more

Saint Servulus of Rome, Confessor

December 23 Today is the feast day of Saint Servulus.  Ora pro nobis. In this holy man was exemplified what our divine Redeemer taught of Lazarus, the poor man full of sores who lay at the gate of the rich man’s house. Servulus was a beggar, afflicted with the palsy from his infancy, so that … Read more

Saint Thomas, Apostle, Martyr

Saint Thomas

December 21 Today is the feast day of Saint Thomas.  Ora pro nobis. by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876 Saint Thomas was a fisherman, born in Galilee. The divine Saviour received him among His Apostles, to announce His Gospel to the world, and to convert mankind. From the time that he was chosen to so … Read more

Saint Dominic de Silos, Abbott

Dominic of Silo

December 20 Today is the feast day of Saint Dominic de Silos.  Ora pro nobis. Dominic de Silos was born in Navarre, Spain, a shepherding town in the Pyrenees. As a young boy and man, he served his father’s flocks as a shepherd, relishing the solitude of the shepherding life, and spending his days in quiet … Read more

Blessed Urban V, Pope

Urbanus V

December 19 Today is the feast day of Blessed Urban V.  Ora pro nobis. Blessed Urban V (Guillaume de Grimoard) was born at Grisac in Languedoc.  He was born of a knightly family, he was educated at Montpellier and Toulouse, and became a Benedictine monk at the little priory of Chirac near his home. While … Read more

Fourth Sunday IN Advent

Today is the Fourth Sunday in Advent. The First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, iv. 1-5.     Brethren: Let a man so account of us as of the ministers of Christ, and the dispensers of the mysteries of God. Here now it is required among the dispensers, that a man be found faithful. But … Read more