Q. Recently I attended a service for the sick. The priest read a passage from the Gospel and then he distributed holy Communion before anointing the sick. Since it was a Saturday afternoon, I stayed in church afterwards and attended the Sunday vigil Mass. I have two questions. First, would my presence at the service […]
The hair shirt worn by St. Thomas More as he contemplated a martyr’s death in the Tower of London has been enshrined for public veneration.
The following is an edited version of an interview with Adam English, author of the book, “The Saint Who Would Be Santa Claus: The True Life and Trials of Nicholas of Myra.” The interview, conducted by editor Joe Towalski, first appeared in The Visitor in December 2012. The feast of St. Nicholas is Dec. 6. […]
AMMAN, Jordan (CNS) — Although there are different versions of the story of St. Barbara, Christians in the Middle East and Central Europe still celebrate the early Christian martyr each Dec. 4. To celebrate St. Barbara’s Day, known as “Eid il-Burbara,” Christians in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon prepare and share a dessert made from boiled […]
First Sunday of Advent First Reading: Isaiah 2:1-5 Responsorial Psalm: 122:1-9 Second Reading: Romans 13:11-14 Gospel Reading: Matthew 24:37-44 By Deacon Mike Ellerbrock Noah’s neighbors were so engrossed in celebrating their good fortune that they were caught unprepared for the calamity of the Flood. Had they invited the less-fortunate villagers, perhaps the party may have […]
By Kelly Bothum In an age where we can get just about everything we desire in an instant, Advent is wonderfully old-school. It’s four weeks of pressing pause, which is not like hitting the snooze button. Instead, it’s a chance to re-engage with those we love and joyfully prepare for the Christmas season. It’s taking […]
Since its fourth-century origins in Western Europe, the season of Advent has undergone various configurations, purposes and focuses depending on who was celebrating it, where, how and why.
Q: In preparing to read the Scripture readings at the coming Sunday Masses, I noticed that the readings for the last Sundays of Ordinary Time and the First Sunday of Advent all highlight the final, glorious coming of Christ. Why is that? Also, why is Advent the beginning of the liturgical year? Thank you. A: […]
Third Century FEAST November 22 Cecilia was honored as a martyr from about 545. According to a written legend, “The Passion of St. Cecily,” she was a Roman Christian of the patrician class betrothed to the pagan Valerian. But she told him she had made a vow of virginity, and persuaded him to convert. His […]
Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe First Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3 Responsorial Psalm: 122:1-5 Second Reading: Colossians 1:12-20 Gospel Reading: Luke 23:35-43 By Jean Denton It’s not easy to get your head around the concept of the kingdom of God and its meaning for your own life. Then, just when you […]
I’m in the process of re-reading a spiritual classic from the Russian Orthodox tradition: “The Way of a Pilgrim.” This little text, whose author is unknown to us, concerns a man from mid 19th-century Russia who found himself deeply puzzled by St. Paul’s comment in first Thessalonians that we should “pray unceasingly.”
A little-known French whose cause for canonization will be opened Dec. 3 was known for mystical visions of the Eucharist.
Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time First Reading: Malachi 3:19-20a Responsorial Psalm: 98:5-9 Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Gospel: Luke 21:5-19 By Sharon K. Perkins During my childhood, long before the days of downloadable music and satellite radio, there was vinyl (which, curiously, is making a comeback!). In our home, there was quite a collection of […]