Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saint Thomas Of Villanova

The Catholic Encyclopedia on this great confessor. Saint Thomas Of Villanova, please pray for us!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday At the Foot Of the Cross

Prayer from The Imitation Of Christ, by Saint Thomas a Kempis: What will it avail me, O Jesus, to study and to know in part Thy supreme greatness, and the most sublime of Thy mysteries, if I endeavor not to derive advantage and merit from them, by cherishing Thy disposition and copying Thy virtues-----since, to save my soul, I must not only know, but practice what Thou hast taught me by Thy word and manifested in Thy life for my imitation-----I must know and practice my religion? This, my Savior, is the grace which I now ask of Thee, with a firm hope that Thou wilt grant my petition. Amen.

Friday In the Michaelmas Embertide

After our Thursday hiatus, we are back in Embertide. Even if it were not a Friday, it would be a day of penance, marked by additional prayer, fasting, abstinence, almsgiving, and other good works, as we mark the transition of the seasons from Summer to Autumn, and prepare for Michaelmas.

Saint Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist, Martyr

This is what The Golden Legend has to say about St. Matthew the Evangelist and Apostle.

The Calling of Saint Matthew, by Caravaggio c. 1600.

Saint Matthew, Apostle, Evangelist, and Martyr, please pray for us!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Saint Januarius

San Gennaro, for our Italian readers.

The Catholic Encyclopedia has more on this saint.

This is one of the two days of the year on which the relic of his blood liquifies when brought in promimity to the severed head of this martyr.

Has it done so today?

Saint Januarius, please pray for us!

Wednesday In the Michaelmas Embertide

This is the first day of the Michaelmas Embertide, the three days of penance (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) after Roodmas and before Michaelmas. This penetential period is marked by additional prayer, fasting, abstinence, almsgiving, and other good works. It helps us prepare for Michaelmas, and marks the change of season from Summer to Autumn.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Stigmata Of Saint Francis Of Assisi

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Ember Alert!

Wednesday the 19th, Friday the 21st, and Saturday the 22nd constitute the Michaelmas Embertide, a penetential period of three days marking the transition of the natural seasons from summer to autumn, and in preparation for the major feast of Michaelmas on the 29th. These periods of penance are observed by additional prayer, fasting, abstinence, almsgiving, and other good works.

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