Advent - A Catholic Preparation for Christmas

According to present [1907] usage, Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, giving the season only twenty-one days. With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful are admonished to prepare themselves worthily to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord’s coming into the world as the incarnate God of love, thus to make their souls fitting abodes for the Redeemer coming in Holy Communion and through grace, and thereby to make themselves ready

St. Andrew, Apostle - November 30th

"We humbly entreat Thy majesty, O Lord: that as the blessed Apostle Andrew was once a teacher and ruler of Thy Church: so he may be a constant advocate for us before thee. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “The name “Andrew” (Gr., andreia, manhood, or valour), like other Greek names, appears to have been common among the Jews from the second or third century B.C. St. Andrew, the Apostle, son of Jonah, or John (Matt., xvi, 17; John, i, 42), was born in Bethsaida of Galilee (John, i, 44). He was brother of Simon Peter (Matt., x, 2; John, i, 40). Both were fishermen (Matt., iv, 18; Mark, i, 16), and at the beginning of Our Lord’s public life occupied the same house at Capha

The first Thanksgiving in America was a Catholic Mass

And it happened 50 years before Plymouth! Did you know that the first “thanksgiving” meal in the United States was not celebrated by the Pilgrims in Plymouth, but by Spanish settlers, in what became Florida? And that first “Thanksgiving” was Eucharistic! Historian Dr. Michael Gannon narrates the events that took place on September 8, 1565. “When the first Spanish settlers landed in what is now St. Augustine on September 8, 1565, to build a settlement, their first act was to hold a religious service to thank God for the safe arrival of the Spanish fleet… After the Mass, Father Francisco Lopez, the Chaplain of the Spanish ships and the first pastor of St. Augustine, stipulated that the natives

St. Sylvester, A - November 26th

"O Most merciful God, Who didst vouchsafe to call the holy Abbot Sylvester from pondering the vanity of worldly things before an open grave, into the wilderness to make his life illustrious by his merits: we humbly beseech Thee, that like him we may despise earthly things, and enjoy fellowship with Thee for evermore. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Born of a noble family at Osimo in Picenum, St. Sylvester was remarkable even as a boy for his scholarship and his good character. Having duly studied the sacred sciences and been made a canon, he benefited the people by his example and his preaching. When, at the funeral of a certain dead nobleman, he saw the decaying corps

St. Catherine Of Alexandria, VM - November 25th

"O God, Who on the top of Mount Sinai didst give the Law to Moses, and dist, by means of Thy holy Angels, wondrously convey thither the body of blessed Catherine, Thy Virgin and Martyr: grant, we beseech Thee, that, through her merits and intercession, we may be able to reach that mountain which is Christ: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Catherine was a noble virgin of Alexandria Egypt who united a zeal tor the liberal arts with an ardent faith. When she saw many Christians given up to torture by Maximin, she went to him and strongly stated the necessity of faith in Christ for salvation. Wondering at her wisdom, the tyrant commanded her to be held,

St. John Of The Cross, CD - November 24th

"O God, Who didst endow holy John, Thy Confessor and Doctor, with a wonderful spirit of self-denial and a surpassing love of the Cross: grant that by ever cleaving to his example, we may obtain eternal glory. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. John of the Cross was born of devout parents at Fontiveros in Spain. In his earliest years it became known how dear he would be to the Virgin Mother of God; for, when he was five years old, he fell into a well and, lifted out by her hand, escaped unharmed. As a young man he made himself a most loving servant to the sick poor in the hospital of Medina del Campo. Then he entered the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount C

St. Cecilia, VM - November 22nd

"O God, Who dost gladden us with the yearly festival of blessed Cecilia, Thy Virgin and Martyr, grant that we who honor her by this solemn rite, may follow the example of her godly life. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Cecilia, a Roman virgin of noble birth, vowed her virginity to God at a very early age. Given in marriage against her will to Valerian, she persuaded him to leave her untouched and go to blessed Urban, the Pope, that when he had been baptized he might be worthy to see Cecilia’s angelic protector. When Valerian had obtained this favour, he converted his brother Tiburtius to Christ, and a little later both were martyred under the prefect Almachius. Bu

The Presentation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary - November 21st

"O God, Who didst will that this day the ever blessed Virgin Mary, dwelling-place of the Holy Ghost, should be presented in the temple: grant, we beseech Thee, that through her intercession, we may be worthy to be presented in the temple of Thy glory. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Joachim married Anna, a most excellent and praiseworthy woman. Once there had lived another Anna who overcame physical sterility through prayer and a promise to God, and then gave birth to Samuel. In a similar way, our Anne received from God the Mother of God through a vow and heartfelt petition; for she would not yield in any way to the illustrious women of previous ages. Accordingly grace

St. Felix of Valois, C - November 20th

"O God, Who by the voice of an Angel didst recall Thy blessed Confessor Felix from the desert to undertake the work of ransoming captives: grant, we beseech Thee, that by Thy grace we may be freed from the bondage of sin through his intercession, and may be guided safely to our heavenly country. Though our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Felix, previously called Hugh, of the royal family of Valois in France, from his youth began to seek solitude from the desire for heavenly contemplation. When he was ordained priest, he withdrew to a hermitage, where he lived for some years with St. John of Matha. Then God told them both through an Angel’s message to go to Rome to obtain from

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, W - November 19th

"Shed Thy light upon the hearts of Thy faithful people, O merciful God, and through the glorious prayers of blessed Elizabeth, grant that we may despise worldly success and find our joy in heavenly consolation. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 From her childhood St. Elizabeth, daughter of Andrew, king of Hungary, began to fear God; and she grew in holiness as she grew in age. When she was married to Ludwig, Landgrave of Hesse and Thuringia, she devoted herself no less to the service of God than to the welfare of her husband. She was constant in prayer and in the works of mercy, zealously serving widows, orphans, the sick and the needy, for whom she built a fine hospital

How the death of my grandfather led me to Traditional Catholicism

Six years ago, my grandfather, Richard "Dick" W. Haggerty, next to the comfort of his wife of 61 years, Emily Haggerty, passed away in the early morning hours of November 18th, 2013. By his death, however tragic, he has won many graces for my family and I. After God, our Lady, and the Saints from whom I descend, I give thanks for and credit my grandfather for leading me to Traditional Catholicism. My grandfather, an Irishman from Stamford, CT, was as hard a worker as he was a devout Catholic. He raised five children in the Faith and resisted, as hard as he could, the changes in the Church by the Second Vatican Council. Although a prideful man, he, like so many in those days, failed in their

The Dedication Of The Basilicas of SS. Peter And Paul - November 18th

"O God, Who year by year dost renew for us the day of consecration of this Thy holy temple, and dost safely bring us again and again to these holy mysteries: hear the prayers of Thy people, and grant that whosoever enters this Temple to ask blessings of Thee may joyfully obtain all his petitions. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Among the holy places which have been held in honor among Christians from the beginning, one of the foremost has always been the Confession of St. Peter in the Vatican, made sacred by the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles. Here Constantine the Great is said to have prostrated himself on the ground and, with pick and shovel, to have marked but t

St. Gregory The Wonderworker, BpC - November 17th

"Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the solemn feast of blessed Gregory, Thy Confessor and Bishop, may both increase our devotion and advance our salvation. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Gregory, bishop of Neocesarea in Pontus, was famous for his holiness and learning, but still most famous for his signs and miracles. These were so numerous and outstanding that he was called Thaumaturgus, the Wonderworker. St. Basil compares him to Moses, the Prophets and the Apostles. By his prayer he changed the location of a mountain which was obstructing the building of a church. He dried up a swamp which was a cause of discord between two brothers. When the river Lyc

St. Gertrude, V - November 16th

"O God, Who in the heart of the holy Virgin Gertrude didst provide for Thyself a pleasant dwelling: through her merits and intercession, do Thou, in Thy mercy, wash all stains from our hearts and grant us joyful fellowship with her. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 Benedictine and mystic writer; born in Germany, 6 Jan., 1256; died at Helfta, near Eisleben, Saxony, 17 November, 1301 or 1302. Nothing is known of her family, not even the name of her parents. It is clear from her life (Legatus, lib.I, xvi) that she was not born in the neighbourhood of Eisleben. When she was but five years of age she entered the alumnate of Helfta. The monastery was at that time governed by

St. Albert the Great, BpCD - November 15th

"O God, Who didst make blessed Albert, Thy Bishop and Doctor, great by his bringing human wisdom into captivity to divine faith: grant us, we beseech Thee, so to follow the guidance of his teaching that we may enjoy perfect light in heaven. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “Known as St. Albert the Great; scientist, philosopher, and theologian, born c. 1206; died at Cologne, 15 November 1280. He is called “the Great”, and “Doctor Universalis” (Universal Doctor), in recognition of his extraordinary genius and extensive knowledge, for he was proficient in every branch of learning cultivated in his day, and surpassed all his contemporaries, except perhaps Roger Bacon (1214-

St. Josaphat, BpM - November 14

"Stir up within Thy Church, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the Spirit with which blessed Josaphat, Thy Martyr and Bishop, was filled, when he laid down his life for his sheep: so that, through his intercession, we too may be moved and strengthened by the same Spirit, and may not shrink from giving our lives for the brethren. Through our the unity of the same Holy Ghost." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Josaphat, Martyr, born in the little town of Volodymyr in Lithuania (Volyn) in 1580 or — according to some writers — 1584; died at Vitebsk, Russia, 12 November, 1623. The saint’s birth occurred in a gloomy period for the Ruthenian Church. Even as early as the beginning of the sixt

St. Didacus, C - November 13th

"Almighty everlasting God, Who by Thy wonderful providence dost choose the weak things of the world to confound the strong: be pleased to grant to us, Thy humble servants, that through the kindly prayers of blessed Didacus, Thy Confessor, we may deserve to be raised to eternal glory in heavan. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “St. Didacus was a Spaniard from the town of San Nicolas del Puerto in the diocese of Seville. From his early youth he served his apprenticeship in the life of holiness under the guidance of a good priest. Then, in order to unite himself more closely with God, he was professed as lay brother in the convent of Arizafa under the rule of St. Francis o

St. Martin I, PM - November 12th

"Look forgivingly on Thy flock, Eternal Shepherd, and keep it in Thy constant protection, by the intercession of blessed Martin, Thy Martyr and Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou didst constitute Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 “Born at Todi in Umbria, Martin accepted at the beginning of his pontificate to recall Paul of Constantinople, a heretic to the Catholic faith, by sending letters and legates. But Paul, supported by the emperor Constans, banished the legates of the Apostolic See to various islands. The Pope aroused by this crime, gathered at Rome a council of one hundred and five bishops, who condemned Paul. During the council the emperor

St. Martin of Tours, BpC - November 11th

"O God, Who knowest that we depend on no strength of our own: mercifully grant that by the intercession of blessed Martin, Thy Bishop and Confessor, we may be kept from all that is hurtful. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Martin, born in Sabaria at Pannonia, was ten years old, when against his parents’ wishes he went to a Church and asked to be enrolled amongst the catechumens. At fifteen he enlisted as a soldier, and served first in the army of Constantius, and then in that of Julian. At eighteen, when he had given part of his cloak to a poor man at Amiens, he was strengthened by a wonderful apparition of Jesus Christ and eagerly received baptism. Then leaving the

St. Andrew Avellino, C - November 10th

"O God, Who in the heart of blessed Andrew Thy Confessor didst effect wondrous upsurgings to Thyself as he kept his arduous vow to make daily progress in virtue: through his merits and intercession deign to let us share in his graces, that we too may follow the more perfect path and with Thee as guide happily attain the height of Thy glory. Through our Lord." - Roman Catholic Daily Missal, 1962 St. Andrew Avellino, previously called Lancelot, was born at Castro Nuovo, a village in Lucania. He learned jurisprudence at Naples, was ordained priest, and began to practice law, through only in ecclesiastical courts. But once, when he was presenting a case, he let slip a small lie, and then happene

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