The “Catholic” ETSY

By Chiara Finaldi Several Images Updated February 2021 There are many advantages to living in a Catholic country like Italy, where I am from. Whenever a sacrament is celebrated or a godchild celebrates a birthday, there’s always a little religious shop around the corner. Twenty years ago when I arrived in London, I found things … Read more

Can Your Kids Handle the Latin Mass?

By Anna-Maria Vesey Photos by Joseph Shaw Some of REGINA’s readers don’t attend a Traditional Latin Mass, but are, well, curious. Many are keen to experience for themselves why it is that so many young people and families are enthusiastic about this ancient Mass. But something is holding them back. Often, Catholics with kids wonder: … Read more

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday Good Friday (also called “Great Friday” or “Holy Friday”) is the most somber day of the entire year. A silence pervades, socializing is kept to a minimum, things are done quietly; it is a day of mourning; it is a funeral. The Temple of the Body of Christ is destroyed, capping the … Read more

Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday This day, Maundy Thursday (also “Holy Thursday” or “Shire Thursday”1) commemorates Christ’s Last Supper and the initiation of the Eucharist. Its name of “Maundy” comes from the Latin word mandatum, meaning “command.” This stems from Christ’s words in John 13:34, “A new commandment I give unto you.” It is the first … Read more

Saint Julius I, Pope

April 12 Today is the feast day of Saint Julius I.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Julius was by birth a Roman; he was chosen Pope on the 6th of February in 337, and was remarkable for the sanctity of his life and his zeal in strengthening the Christian faith. The impious heresy of Arius was … Read more

Wednesday in Holy Week

Today Is Wednesday in Holy Week, or Spy Wednesday. Today and during the Sacred Triduum, the Matins and Lauds of the Divine Office are often sung in a haunting service known as the Tenebrae service (“tenebrae” meaning “shadows”), which is basically a funeral service for Jesus. During the Matins on Good Friday, one by one, … Read more

Saint Leo the Great, Pope, Doctor of the Church

April 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Leo the Great.  Ora pro nobis. From the Liturgical Year, 1870 One of the grandest Saints in the Church’s Calendar is brought before us today. Leo, the Pontiff and Doctor, rises on the Paschal horizon, and calls for our admiration and love. As his name implies, … Read more

Saint Gemma Galgani, Virgin

April 11 Today is the feast day of Saint Gemma Galgani. Ora pro nobis. Gemma Galgani was born in a small Italian town near Lucca.  She was the fourth of eight children and the eldest daughter. Her father Enrico was a pharmacist; her mother Aurelia a devout Catholic from whom she picked up her desire … Read more

Saint Fulbert of Chartres, Bishop

April 10 Today is the feast day of Saint Fulbert of Chartres.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Fulbert was born between 952 and 962. Mabillon and others think that he was born in Italy, probably at Rome; but Pfister, his latest biographer, designates as his birthplace the Diocese of Laudun in the present department of Gard … Read more

Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday by Dom Prosper Gueranger 1870 Today, if ye shall hear the voice of the Lord, harden not your hearts. Early in the morning of this day, Jesus sets out for Jerusalem, leaving Mary His Mother, and the two sisters Martha and Mary Magdalene, and Lazarus, at Bethania. The Mother of sorrows … Read more