The Sunday Next Before Advent

11/23/2014

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The Collect.

STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Epistle. Jer. xxiii. 5.

Saint Clement

11/23/2014

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Pope and Martyr

Clement was chief pastor of the Church in Rome in the earliest days of Christianity, when to be bishop was almost surely to live in persecution and to die in martyrdom. He is believed to have been the son of Faustinus, a Roman citizen...


Saint Felicity

11/23/2014

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Martyr

The Felicity whose feast is kept today is not the holy Woman who is commemorated with Saint Perpetua, on March 6th, but is rather she of whom mention is made on July 10th, in the feast of the Seven Holy Brethren, which same are commonly called...


Saint Cecelia

11/22/2014

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Virgin and Martyr. 

Cecilia was early recognized as one of the most illustrious of virgin Martyrs. Therefore, along with Lucy, Agnes, and Agatha her name is mentioned in the Gregorian Canon. But nothing can now be surely established concerning her, nor...


Presentation of the B.V.M.

11/21/2014

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Feast of Our Lady.

Joachim took to wife that most eminent and praiseworthy woman, Anne. And even as before her time the holy Hannah (being stricken with barrenness) by prayer and promise became the mother of Samuel, so likewise this holy Anne, through...


Saint Columbanus

11/21/2014

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Abbot

Columbanus was the greatest of all the Irish missionary-monks that laboured to spread the Gospel on the continent of Europe; where he founded several monasteries, for which he wrote a monastic rule that came to have a wide observance before that...