PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, MARCH 20)

Prayer for the Morning   Jesus, the Lamb of God, takes away the sins of the world: let us pray for mercy.   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   Lord, gently… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, MARCH 20)

Pope Francis stuns rival South Sudan leaders by kissing their feet in plea for peace

The pope dropped to the feet of the president and new vice presidents at end of a spiritual retreat at the Vatican.   Pope Francis today stunned participants in a spiritual retreat held for civil and religious leaders from South Sudan, dropping to his knees to kiss the feet of government leaders who are working… Continue reading Pope Francis stuns rival South Sudan leaders by kissing their feet in plea for peace

Yes, you can eat meat on St. Joseph’s feast day on a Friday

The Lenten obligation to abstain from meat is always lifted on St. Joseph’s feast day, March 19.   The Roman Catholic Church in the United States instructs the faithful to abstain from eating meat on each Friday of Lent. As the USCCB points out, “Catholic peoples from time immemorial have set apart Friday for special penitential observance by… Continue reading Yes, you can eat meat on St. Joseph’s feast day on a Friday

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PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (FRIDAY, MARCH 19)

Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary Prayer for the Morning   It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to proclaim your love in the morning.   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (FRIDAY, MARCH 19)

Saint of the Day: The Solemnity of Saint Joseph (FRIDAY, MARCH 19)

Patron Saint of the Universal Church (First Century) His life + Joseph was a poor tradesman (tektōn, cf. Mt 13:55; Mk 6:3) in the village of Nazareth. + Following the announcement by an angel that Mary was to be the mother of Jesus, Joseph willingly accepted the responsibility of caring for the young mother and… Continue reading Saint of the Day: The Solemnity of Saint Joseph (FRIDAY, MARCH 19)

3 Rarely used colors in the liturgy and their meaning

Rose, black and blue are colors that aren’t used very often, but have profound spiritual significance.   Most Catholics are familiar with the colors of green, violet and white whenever they attend Mass on Sundays. Occasionally the priest will wear red, but that only happens a few times during the year. Even rarer are the colors of rose, black… Continue reading 3 Rarely used colors in the liturgy and their meaning

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, MARCH 13)

Prayer for the Morning   Come, let us return to the Lord in thanksgiving and praise!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   Now that the daylight fills the sky, We… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (SATURDAY, MARCH 13)

Saint of the Day: St. Leander of Seville (SATURDAY, MARCH 13)

“A man of suave elegance and eminent talent”. Bishop (d. ca. 600) His life   + Leander was born in Cartagena, Spain. His younger brothers, Isidore and Fulgentius, and his sister, Florentina, are also honored as saints. His family settled in Seville, Spain, when he was a young man. + Around the year 575, Leander… Continue reading Saint of the Day: St. Leander of Seville (SATURDAY, MARCH 13)

PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

Prayer for the Evening   O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! Zion, praise your God!   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   Thou art the Way: to thee alone From sin and… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

Prayer for the Morning   Jesus Christ is the new covenant: come, let us worship.   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.   Hymn   How well I know that all our honesties Are… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS MORNING (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

Saint of the Day: The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

Roman soldiers who died for their faith in Christ (d. 320) Their story + The Martyrs of Sebaste were a group of Roman soldiers in the Legio XII Fulminata (“Lighteningbearers”) who were killed for their faith near the city of Sebaste (present-day Sivas, Turkey). + What we know of their witness comes to us from… Continue reading Saint of the Day: The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10)

PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (TUESDAY, MARCH 9)

Prayer for the Evening   In peace, let us pray to the Lord.   Glory to the Father…. Amen.   Hymn   There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, Like the wideness of the sea; There’s a kindness in his justice, Which is more than liberty.   There is no place where earth’s sorrows Are more… Continue reading PRAYER FOR THIS EVENING (TUESDAY, MARCH 9)