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How to Pray the ‘Christmas Novena’ That’s Been Said for 300 Years

An Italian priest named Father Charles Vachetta is credited with writing a novena in 1721 to inspire his parishioners during Advent. Today, that novena is known as the “Christmas Novena.” The nine-day prayer begins on Dec. 16 and concludes on … Continue reading

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The Perfect Gift

A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent by Msgr. Charles Pope What is the perfect gift? We tend to answer this question more in terms of what we want, but today’s Gospel teaches us that the perfect gift is … Continue reading

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Advent Recollection: The Cave of Bethlehem

Written By Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich The Blessed Virgin was in the eastern part of this cave, exactly opposite the entrance, when she gave birth to the Light of the World. The crib in which the child Jesus was laid stood … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, December 4 Second Sunday of Advent Roman Ordinary calendar St. Barbara Book of Isaiah 11,1-10. On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon … Continue reading

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Love as St. Francis Xavier Loved

December 3rd is the feast of Saint Francis Xavier, a lovable and loving saint of the Catholic Church. By Susan Ciancio Those who knew Francis said he was always filled with an immense joy. Though he died at a young … Continue reading

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Two Saints at the Start of Advent: Bibiana and Francis Xavier

By Peter Kwasniewski, PhD In the traditional calendar, December 2 is the feast of St. Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr. Having been imprisoned for her faith, she refused the sexual advances of her jailer, and was beaten to death with lead-loaded … Continue reading

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The Four Sundays of Advent

Advent is the period marking the four Sundays before Christmas.  By Tonia Long at America Needs Fatima: So, first, let’s get our dates straight. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30th) and … Continue reading

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What St Monica and Rita can teach us this Advent

1 December 2021 by Maria Madise at Voice of the Family: St Monica and St Rita were born on different continents over a thousand years apart. Obviously, they could have had no contact with one another, albeit that St Rita eventually … Continue reading

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The Drills of a Militant Church 

by Father Z at 1Peter5 The essence of a cliché is that it is unoriginal and often repeated. However, as the old Latin phrase goes, repetita iuvant… repeated things help. Allow me to get an initial cliché out of the way: … Continue reading

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Abp. Viganò: Meditation for the Season of Advent

 Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano at Catholic Family News: “Come therefore, Lord Jesus, seek Thy servant, seek Thy weary sheep.”— St. Ambrose of Milan “Quaere, inquit, servum tuum, quoniam mandata tua non sum oblitus. Veni ergo, Domine Jesu, quaere servum tuum, … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, November 28 First Sunday of Advent Roman Ordinary calendar St. James of the Marches Book of Jeremiah 33,14-16. The days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and Judah. In those days, … Continue reading

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THE ‘O’ ANTIPHONS: O Emmanuel – 23rd December

O EMMANUEL – 23rd DECEMBER FAMILY CEREMONY: The family, together, say the Great Antiphon, followed by The Magnificat, and repeat the Antiphon at the close of evening prayer, or Vespers. ANTIPHONO EMMANUEL, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator … Continue reading

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THE ‘O’ ANTIPHONS: O Rex Gentium – 22nd December

O REX GENTIUM – 22nd DECEMBER FAMILY CEREMONY: The family, together, say the Great Antiphon, followed by The Magnificat, and repeat the Antiphon at the close of evening prayer, or Vespers. ANTIPHON O REX GENTIUM, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, … Continue reading

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THE ‘O’ ANTIPHONS: O Oriens – 21st December

THE ‘O’ ANTIPHONSO ORIENS (O RADIANT DAWN) In Advent, we nurture the coming of the infant Jesus. He grows inside us, just as Mary guarded His being in her womb. We prepare the manger, our hearts, to receive Him with … Continue reading

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THE ‘O’ ANTIPHONS: O Clavis David – 20th December

FAMILY CEREMONY: The family, together, say the Great Antiphon, followed by The Magnificat, and repeat the Antiphon at the close of evening prayer, or Vespers. Maria Von Trapp, in her book, “Around the Year with the Von Trapp Family”, (Sophia, … Continue reading

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