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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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THE ‘O’ ANTIPHONS. O Radix Jesse – 19th December

(From ‘Venite Prandete) O RADIX JESSE: 19th DECEMBER The Epistle for today provides:Thus saith the Lord God: There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. And … Continue reading

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EMBER DAYS OF ADVENT: Wednesday 16th December, Friday 18th December, Saturday 19th December

From ‘Venite Prandete’ on Facebook The Advent Ember Days occur in the week following the Feast of St Lucy on 13th December. This year, the Advent Ember Days fall on Wednesday 16th December, Friday 18th December and Saturday 19th December. … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, December 13 Third Sunday of Advent Roman Ordinary calendar St. Lucy Book of Isaiah 61,1-2a.10-11. The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly, to … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, December 6 Second Sunday of Advent Roman Ordinary calendar St. Nicholas of Bari († 342) Book of Isaiah 40,1-5.9-11. Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, … Continue reading

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The Final Confrontation Between the Church and the Anti-church

From Fr George W. Rutler’s ‘Weekly Column’ During the 1976 Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia, a relatively unknown figure, the Archbishop of Krakow and future Pope John Paul II, said: “We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical … Continue reading

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Sunday Readings and Reflections

Sunday, November 29 First Sunday of Advent Roman Ordinary calendar St. Saturninus Book of Isaiah 63,16b-17.19b.64,2b-7. You, LORD, are our father, our redeemer you are named forever. Why do you let us wander, O LORD, from your ways, and harden our hearts so that we … Continue reading

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“The Threefold Coming of Christ”

by Father George Roth (FI) First Sunday of Advent: 29th November 2020 “And this do, understanding the time, for it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep, because now our salvation is nearer than when we came … Continue reading

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