Saint Patrick’s Breastplate

Saint Patrick’s Breastplate I arise today Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity, Through belief in the Threeness, Through confession of the Oneness of the Creator of creation. I arise today Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism, Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial, Through the strength of … Read more

Lenten Embertide

Lenten Embertide Four times a year, the Church sets aside three days to focus on God through His marvelous creation. These quarterly periods take place around the beginnings of the four natural seasons that “like some virgins dancing in a circle, succeed one another with the happiest harmony,” as St. John Chrysostom wrote. These four … Read more

Shrove Tuesday in Quinquagesima Week

Shrove Tuesday in Quinquagesima Week Shrove Tuesday is the last day of what traditionally was called “Shrovetide,” the week preceding the beginning of Lent. The word itself, Shrovetide, is the English equivalent for “Carnival,” which is derived from the Latin words carnem levare, meaning “to take away the flesh.” (Note that in Germany, this period is called … Read more

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Today is the Fifth Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  “The kingdom of heaven is likened to a man that sowed good seed in his field.”–Matt. 13. Holy Writ compares the working out of our salvation and the using of divine grace to different occupations of men, such as building, fishing and … Read more

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Today is the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  The life of man is a struggle. We can also call it justly a tempest. This comparison is also applicable to the Church which St. Peter called a ship, and the ark of Noah. How often is Eternity compared to a haven … Read more

Third Sunday After Epiphany

Third Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  “Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.”–Matt. 8: 2.  The leper of whom we read in today’s Gospel believes that Christ has the power to heal him, and he is not mistaken; Christ, stretching forth His hand, said: “I will, be thou made … Read more

Saint Maurus, Abbot

January 15 Today is the feast day of Saint Maurus.  Ora pro nobis.  Saint Maurus (Maur) was the  son of Equitius, a nobleman of Rome. He is represented as an abbot with crozier, or with book and censer, or holding the weights and measures of food and drink given him by his holy master. (4) Saint … Read more

Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity

Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity Today is the last Sunday in the year. Ponder with care on the truths and doctrines which the holy Church has laid before thee in the epistles and gospels; thank God with thy whole heart for the great favors and benefits which thou hast received in the incarnation … Read more

Resumed Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Resumed Fourth Sunday After Epiphany by Father Francis Xavier Weninger, 1876  The life of man is a struggle. We can also call it justly a tempest. This comparison is also applicable to the Church which St. Peter called a ship, and the ark of Noah. How often is Eternity compared to a haven where we … Read more

Saint Narcissus, Bishop

October 29 Today is the feast day of Saint Narcissus.  Ora pro nobis.  St. Narcissus was born towards the close of the first century. Saint Narcissus from his youth applied himself with great care to the study of both religious and human disciplines. He entered into the ecclesiastical state, and in him all the sacerdotal virtues were … Read more