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St. Agnes, virgin & martyr

Entrance Antiphon Behold, now she follows the Lamb who was crucified for us, powerful in virginity, modesty her offering, a sacrifice on the altar of chastity. Collect Almighty ever-living God, who choose what is weak in the world to confound … Continue reading

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“Ordinary Time”

In modern Latin, the time periods between Christmas and Lent and then between Easter and Advent are referred to as “tempus per annum” or “the time throughout the year”. In Italian and Spanish, the term is “tempo ordinario”. Similarly, it … Continue reading

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Epiphanies

Today the Bridegroom claims his bride, the Church since Christ has washed her sins away in Jordan’s water; the Magi hasten with their gifts to the royal wedding; and the wedding guests rejoice, for Christ has changed water into wine, … Continue reading

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Christmas Night

Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus, and do not delay, that those who trust in your compassion may find solace and relief in your coming. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, … Continue reading

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run, don’t walk

There is a lot of rushing around in today’s readings: “my beloved comes, leaping upon the mountains, bounding over the hills. My beloved is like a gazelle, or a young stag.” (Song of Songs 2,8-9a) “Mary set out in those … Continue reading

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dealing with disparity: disabusing of daintiness

from today’s First Reading: King David … said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” …the LORD spoke to Nathan and said: “Go, tell my … Continue reading

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New Wine Skins, December 17

As an example of a) the improvement from the Sacramentary to the Roman Missal, and b) the focus of the prayers from December 17-24, here is a second installment of “New Wine Skins”: Sacramentary, 2nd Edition (1974) Roman Missal, 3rd … Continue reading

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He’ll be coming round the mountain when He comes…

The first several weeks of Advent are taken up with St. John the Baptist and for good reason: he heralds that the Lord is near and calls us to repentance (Mt 3,2)… to penance that bears fruit (Mt 3,8), which … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception

The Church didn’t invent the holy day to get in an extra collection before Christmas shopping and flower purchasing. Because there was significant enough confusion among Christian believers about the fact of Our Lady having been conceived without having any … Continue reading

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Lord, liar or lunatic

from today’s Gospel: And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the … Continue reading

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