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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Expulsion from Eden

SEPTUAGESIMA

Septuagesima, Sexagesima, and Quinquagesima are the three Sundays and weeks which the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite wisely gives us in preparation for Lent. The afterglow of Epiphany is replaced by the austerity of Septuagesima and the three weeks which follow. The liturgical colour is violet. The Gloria is not sung or said. Alleluia is omitted. This is to help us get in training for Quadragesima itself, the forty days of intensive prayer and penance in preparation for Eastertide. These three pre-Lenten preparatory weeks are not included in the Ordinary Form of the Roman rite. However, in the magnificent ...

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ADORAVERUNT EUM

The Magi exemplify the merciful work of the Holy Spirit. Among countless other mercies, He can and does lead pagans, atheists, agnostics, and others, to find Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is intrinsic to our faith in Jesus of Nazareth that we want Him to be known, loved, and followed, by the whole of mankind. Conversion is God’s work, but He graciously allows us to play some part in preparing the ground for the action of the Holy Spirit. Here is how we can help to prepare the ground: Get down on our knees in front of the ...

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