Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 18 Today is the Feast of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. December 18 begins the last week of Advent, which the Church calls the Week of Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We are only one week away from the Birth of Our Lord, and the Church imagines the jubilation and hope … Read more

Saint Olympias of Constantinople, Widow

Olympia

December 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Olympias.  Ora pro nobis. Olympias was born the daughter of senator Anicius Secundus, and a descendant (on her mother’s side) of noted rulers. Left an orphan at a tender age, she was brought up by Theodosia, sister of Saint Amphilochius, a virtuous and prudent woman. At … Read more

Saint Lazarus

Lazarus

December 17 Today is the feast day of Saint Lazarus.  Ora pro nobis.   Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, a the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus … Read more

Saint Adelaide, Widow

Saint Adelaide

December 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Adelaide.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Adelaide was the daughter of Rudolph II, King of Burgundy.  She was born in 931 and at age 15 married Lothaire II, King of Italy. Later their daughter became Queen of France. Adelaide was 18-years-old when she lost her husband, who was … Read more

Saint Eusebius, Bishop and Martyr

December 16 Today is the feast day of Saint Eusebius.  Ora pro nobis. The four Popes have for their fellow-combatants, in this battle for the Divinity of the Incarnate Word, four great Bishops, of whom it may be said that the defense of the dogma of the Consubstantiality of the Son of God was what … Read more

Saint Maria Crocifissa Di Rosa, Virgin

December 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Maria Crocifissa Di Rosa.  Ora pro nobis. Lord, hear the prayers of those who recall the devoted life of the virgin Saint Maria Crocifissa di Rosa. Guide us on our way and help us to grow in love and devotion as long as we live. We ask … Read more

Saint Nicasius, Archbishop and his Companions, Martyrs

Saint Nicasius

December 14 Today is the feast day of Saint Nicasius and his companions.  Orate pro nobis. In the fifth century an army of Vandal barbarians from Germany, while ravaging part of Gaul, plundered the city of Rheims. Saint Nicasius, its holy bishop, an emissary of peace, justice and charity, had foretold this calamity to his … Read more

Saint Odilia, Virgin and Abbess

Saint Odilia

December 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Odilia.  Ora pro nobis. by Dom Guéranger OSB, Book I ON this same day, we have also the fifth of the wise virgins, whose bright lamps light us, during Advent, to the crib of Jesus their Spouse. Odilia did not shed her blood for Him, as … Read more

Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Saint Lucy

December 13 Today is the feast day of Saint Lucy.  Ora pro nobis. “No one’s body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in … Read more

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Guadalupe

December 12 Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  Ora pro nobis. Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, make intercession for Holy Church, protect the true Sovereign Pontiff, help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for … Read more