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

Saint Julie Billiart, Virgin

April 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Julie Billiart.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Julie Billiart (1751-1816) , was a visionary and virgin of the Church. Born to wealthy farmers in Cuvilly, France, Julie displayed an aptitude and interest in religion from an early age. By age seven, she had reportedly memorized the Catechism, … Read more

Saint Perpetuus, Bishop

April 8 Today is the feast day of Saint Perpetuus.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Perpetuus was the eighth Bishop of Tours.  He was a member of the illustrious family which produced St. Eustachius, who had been his predecessor, and also St. Volusianus, who became his successor in the same episcopal see. Appointed about 460, he … Read more

Saint Juliana of Mt. Cornillon, Virgin

April 7 Today is the feast day of Saint Juliana of Mt. Cornillon.  Ora pro nobis. Saint Juliana of Mt. Cornillon (aka of Liege) was born near Liege, Belgium in 1193. Orphaned at the age of five, Juliana, together with her sister Agnes, was entrusted to the care of the Augustinian nuns at the convent and … Read more

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