The Queen of Heaven

Mary, Queen of Heaven

On the old calendar, today is the feast of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was moved in the calendar reform to the Saturday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost. For what reason, I’ve no idea. On Continue reading The Queen of Heaven

The Assumption

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array? (Benedictus antiphon, Monastic Office of Lauds for the Assumption) Today’s great Solemnity of the Assumption Continue reading The Assumption

Rosary Novena for Our Nation to Begin August 15

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Regardless of which political team you’re on in this country, Sauron or Cersei, can we at least agree that our nation is in serious need of prayer?

Lawrence

“Keeper of the Treasures” by Deacon Lawrence Klimecki

Today is the feast of the deacon martyr, Saint Lawrence. There are so many stories about him, that it’s hard to sum him up briefly. In the confused days after the martyrdom of Pope Sixtus, the administration of the Roman Continue reading Lawrence

The Transfiguration

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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, one of the more important (if overlooked) feasts of the liturgical year. How overlooked? As far as I can tell, only two local parishes even have a Mass for Continue reading The Transfiguration

Our Lady of the Snows

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Today is the Memorial of the dedication of one of my favourite church buildings in the world, the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, also known in English as Saint Mary Major. It is occasionally known by the title Continue reading Our Lady of the Snows

Reason 438 why I Love my Wife

At the Parish BBQ Yesterday

Today in both the Extraordinary Form and the Benedictine Ordo is the Memorial of the Seven Holy Maccabees. Their story may be found in the Bible – provided you’ve got a Catholic or an Orthodox one. Martin Luther removed these Continue reading Reason 438 why I Love my Wife

Vespers for the Feast of Saint James

Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela

Chanted from the version given in the Codex Calixtinus, so neither Ordinary nor Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, but predating both. I believe it may be from the Mozarabic Rite.

The Feast of Saint James

Santiago Matamoros

Today is the Feast of Saint James the Greater, known throughout the Spanish-speaking world as Santiago. He was one of Christ’s Twelve Apostles. He is the patron saint of the archdiocese of Seattle, and therefore today is a solemnity within Continue reading The Feast of Saint James

The Poetry of Apollo

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On July 20, 1969, man first set foot upon the Moon. The project that took us to the Moon was called Apollo, ostensibly after the Greek god associated with hunting, harmony, and healing. Perhaps the folks over at NASA had Continue reading The Poetry of Apollo

The Emperor Saint

Saints Heinrich and Cunigunde / Saint Francis of Assisi

It’s a pretty rare thing when Kings become saints, or at least become canonized saints. I can only think of a handful off the top of my head, though I’m sure there are more: Saint Louis IX of France, Saint Continue reading The Emperor Saint

Of Benedict and His Monks

Saint Benedict

Happy Saint Benedict’s Day! Today is the principal feast of the founder of western monasticism: the author of the Holy Rule, and a great saint. Over the course of the last decade and more, new monastic institutions with many young Continue reading Of Benedict and His Monks

Summorum Pontificum at Nine

Extraordinary!

NINE years ago today, Pope Benedict XVI caused to be published the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. With the stroke of a pen, the ancient rites of the Mass (last edited in 1962) could suddenly be celebrated by any priest of Continue reading Summorum Pontificum at Nine

Thomas

Thomas

Happy feast of Saint Thomas the Apostle! Today wasn’t always his feast. In fact in my Monastic Diurnal, today is the Memorial of Saints Processus and Martinian. I’m sure these holy martyrs will forgive me if I choose to celebrate Continue reading Thomas

Saints Peter and Paul

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Today the Church celebrates one of her oldest feasts, commemorating the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul. I prayed at the tombs of these apostles during our pilgrimage to Rome in 2005. Peter With the body of Saint John Paul Continue reading Saints Peter and Paul