April is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Holy Face
“And my people, upon whom my NAME is called, being converted, shall make supplication to me, and seek out MY
FACE, and do penance for their most wicked ways: then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
(II Paralipomenon, vii. 14)
“I have given my body to the strikers, and my checks to them
that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.”
(Isaias, l. 6)
“Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him, and others struck his face with the palms of their hands.”
(St. Matth, xxvi. 67)
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DEVOTION TO THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS
As revealed to Sr. Mary of St. Peter
(Click here, to download the book, The Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, 1884)
“And I will pour out upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon me, whom they have pierced.”
(Zacharias, xii. 10)
Promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sr. Mary of St. Peter, Discalced Carmelite Nun of Tours, France, in favor of those who honor His Holy Face:
1. “By My Holy Face you shall work miracles.”
2. “By My Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners.”
3. “Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused to you.”
4. “If you knew how pleasing the sight of My Face is to My Father.”
5. “As in a kingdom you can procure all you wish for with a coin marked with the King's effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven you will obtain all you desire with the precious coin of My Holy Face.”
6. “Our Lord has promised me that He will imprint His divine likeness on the souls of those who honor His most holy Countenance.”
7. “All those who honor My Holy Face in a spirit of reparation will, by so doing, perform the office of the pious Veronica.”
8. “According to the care you take in making reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemies, so will I take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint therin My image and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal font.”
9. “Our Lord promised me that all those who defend His cause in this work of reparation, by words, by prayers, or in writing, He will defend them before His Father; at their death He will purify their souls by effacing all the blots of sin and will restore to them their primitive beauty.”
THE GOLDEN DAGGER
me that he would give me a golden dagger with which to wound him delightfully, and heal the poisonous wounds caused by sin.”
(Sr. Mary of St. Peter)
Below is an excerpt from Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, pages 126 – 129.
At five o’clock, she commenced her evening prayer; placing herself in spirit at the foot of the cross, (according to her custom, as we have seen), she lovingly asked of Our Lord the cause of his wrath. Her Divine Master, wishing to try her, changed his usual manner, and said: “I have lent ear to your sighs, and have seen your desire to glorify me; yet, all this proceeds not from you, it is I who am the Author of all holy desires.”
The sister continues: “Then he unfolded his Heart to me, concentrating therein the powers of my soul, and addressed me thus: ‘My Name is everywhere blasphemed, even little children blaspheme it.’ And he made me understand how that dreadful sin pierced and wounded his Heart, aye, more than all other crimes. By blasphemy, the sinner outrages him to his face, attacks him openly, and pronounces upon himself his own judgment and condemnation. Blasphemy is an empoisoned dagger, wounding his Divine Heart continually; he told me that he would give me a golden dagger with which to wound him delightfully, and heal the poisonous wounds caused by sin.”
“The following is the prayer which Our Lord dictated to me, notwithstanding my unworthiness, for the reparation of blasphemy against his Holy Name: he offered it to me as a golden dagger, assuring me that every time I said it, I would wound his Heart most lovingly.”
THE GOLDEN DAGGER.
“May the most holy, the most sacred, the most adorable, the most unknown and the most inexpressible Name of God be adored, praised, blessed, loved and glorified, in heaven, on earth and in hell, by all creatures formed by his sacred hand, and by the loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. Amen.”
The sister here suddenly interrupts her interesting narrative to explain an expression contained in this prayer.
“As I was not a little astonished when Our Lord said and in hell, he had the goodness to make me understand that his justice was there glorified. I beg to remark, that he did not only mean the place where the wicked are punished, but also purgatory, where he is loved and glorified by the suffering souls. The word hell is not merely applied to the place where the damned are confined, for our faith teaches us that the Saviour descended into hell or Limbo, where the souls of the just were detained until his Coming; and does not our holy mother the Church pray her divine Spouse to deliver the souls of her children from the gates of hell? A porta inferi erue, Domine, animas eorum.” (Office of the Dead.)
To these explanations may be added, that St. Paul, in one of his epistles, made use of the same expression in an analogical sense, saying: “At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in heaven, on earth and in hell.”
She continues: “Our Lord, having given me this golden dagger, added: ‘Beware how you appreciate this favor, for I shall demand an account of it.’ At that moment, I seemed to behold flowing from the Sacred Heart of Jesus, wounded by this golden dagger, torrents of grace for the conversion of sinners, which sight gave me confidence to ask: My Lord, do you then hold me responsible for blasphemers?’”
MIRABILE NOMEN DEI
“Oh! would that we could understand the glory we could obtain by repeating these words: MIRABILE NOMEN DEI (Admirable is the Name of God) in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy!”
(Sr. Mary of St. Peter)
Below is an excerpt from Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, pages 197 – 198.
The Divine Master lent a favorable ear to the humble prayers of his servant; he revealed to her the heinousness and enormity of the sin of blasphemy. “It seems as if Our Lord said to me: ‘You cannot comprehend the abomination of this sin: if my justice were not restrained by my mercy, the guilty would be destroyed in an instant; even inanimate beings would feel my vengeance, but I have an eternity in which to punish the wicked.”
“Then he made me understand the excellence of this Work of Reparation; how far it surpassed all others, and how pleasing it was to God, to the angels, the saints and to our holy mother the Church. Oh! would that we could understand the glory we could obtain by repeating these words: MIRABILE NOMEN DEI (Admirable is the Name of God) in a spirit of reparation for blasphemy!”
SUMMARY OF PRAYERS
Act of Reparation for Blasphemy (The Golden Dagger)
May the most holy, the most sacred, the most adorable, the most unknown and the most inexpressible Name of God be adored, praised, blessed, loved and glorified, in heaven, on earth and in hell, by all creatures formed by his sacred hand, and by the loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. Amen.
• Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy beloved Son for the honor and glory of Thy Holy Name, for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of dying souls.
• Eternal Father, I ask of Thee as many souls as was the number of the drops of Blood as Thy Divine Son shed in His Passion. (She was given a vision of Hell and the multitude of souls falling in, and was invited to pray for poor sinners. Dec. 21, 1846).
• Eternal Father, I offer Thee Our Savior, Jesus Christ for the expiation of my sins and for the needs of Holy Church.
• Our Lord told Sister Marie de Saint-Pierre on March 16, 1844, “Oh if you only knew what great merit you acquire by saying even once, ‘Admirable is the Name of God,’ in the spirit of reparation of blasphemy.” (say often)
• Be merciful to us, O my God and reject not our prayers, when amid our afflictions, we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Thine adorable Face.
• Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with Blood, Sweat, dust and spittle, in reparation for the crimes of communists, blasphemers and by the profaners of His Holy Name and of the Holy Day of Sunday.
Below listed are the feasts falling in April 2021:
(THE PASCHALTIDE BEGINS)
April 5: Easter Monday, Double.
April 6: Easter Tuesday, Double.
April 7: Easter Wednesday, Double.
April 8: Easter Thursday, Double.
April 9: Easter Friday, Double.
April 10: Easter Saturday, Double.
April 11: Low Sunday, Double of the I Class.
April 12: Mass of the Season
April 13: St. Hermenegild Martyr, Simple.
April 15: Mass of the Season
April 16: Mass of the Season
April 17: Commemoration of St. Anicetus Pope and Martyr.
April 18: II Sunday after Easter, Double.
April 19: Mass of the Season
April 20: Mass of the Season
April 21: St. Anselm Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.
April 22: Ss. Soter and Caius Popes and Martyrs, Simple.
April 23: St. George Martyr, Simple.
April 24: St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen Martyr, Double.
April 25: III Sunday after Easter, Double; ROGATION DAY (The Greater Litanies); Commemoration of St. Mark Evangelist.
April 26: Ss. Cletus and Marcellinus Popes and Martyrs, Simple.
April 27: St. Peter Canisius Confessor and Doctor of the Church, Double.
April 28: St. Paul of the Cross Confessor, Double; Commemoration of St. Vitalis Martyr.
April 29: St. Peter of Verona Martyr, Double.
April 30: St. Catherine of Siena Virgin, Double.
“We have in this precious gift an infallible means of appeasing the wrath
of God the Father, irritated against blasphemers; we shall beg him to cast a glance at the Face of his Divine Son, and the thunderbolts of justice will fall harmlessly from his hands. O God, our protector, look upon us and cast thine eyes on the Face of thy
(The Life of Sister Mary St. Peter Carmelite of Tours, 1884, page 256)
“Turn not away thy face from me; decline not in thy wrath from thy servant.”
(Ps, xxvi. 9)
Admirable is the Name of God!
March is the Month the Church Dedicates to St. Joseph
The faithful man shall be much praised, and he that is the guardian of the Lord, shall be glorified.
He appointed him Lord of his house. And chief over all he had.
“Go to Joseph”
(Gen, xli. 55)
In whatever tribulation they shall cry to me, I will hear them; and I will be their protector for ever.
Obtain for us, O Joseph, to lead an innocent life; and may it ever be safe through thy Patronage.
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The devotion which our Holy Mother the Church desires us to pay to St. Joseph, is, after the homage rendered to Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, of all devotions the most just, solid, and reasonable. The influence of this Saint is immense;… that of all the blessed inhabitants of Heaven, none can be found who has so much power with God, save one only exception, his Immaculate Spouse, the ever Blessed Virgin Mother of God. Reason, religion, the authority of our Holy Mother the Church, the testimony of the Saints, and the example of so many holy souls in all ages, since the Incarnation of our Blessed Redeemer, prove, beyond any doubt, the immense influence which the beloved foster-father of Jesus enjoys in heaven. The Eternal Father confided to the care of St. Joseph the two most precious treasures which he possessed on earth; viz., Jesus and Mary. What a sublime honour for St. Joseph! What confidence Almighty God must have placed in him! What influence this unheard of privilege must give him over the heart of God! When a king confides to one of his favourites all that is dearest to him on earth, he certainly bestows an immense honour upon him, and naturally feels disposed to grant this privileged being any favours he may desire for himself or his friends—should he act otherwise, he would be condemned as being insensible to the services rendered to his majesty by his favourite. How much more reasonably, then, may we not expect that in heaven, where our most legitimate affections receive an immense increase of perfection, the slightest desire of this great Patriarch is immediately granted, seeing that he enjoys such power and influence with the Eternal King.
The Church teaches us that the Immaculate Mary has immense power and influence with God; and, therefore, desires all her children to honour her in an especial manner. St. Bernard calls Mary “an all powerful supplicant,” (“omnipotentia supplex.”) If, then, Mary honoured and respected St. Joseph while on earth, as her lord and spouse, whom the Eternal Father had placed over her, humbling herself to render him the most menial services, if St. Joseph was thus honoured by Mary while on earth, is it not most reasonable to expect that, although his influence be not so great as the Queen of Angels, he should, at least, be honoured next to her; and be placed side by side in heaven above all the other saints? Moreover, we know that while on earth the Son of God obeyed St. Joseph; that He honoured him as His father; and served him with His own divine hands. And think you that in heaven St. Joseph has not, so to speak, retained, in the same manner, the influence which he then had over the heart of the Infant God?—and that he could not draw from that ocean of goodness treasures of grace more abundantly than any other saint? To think otherwise is impossible.
In fine, St. Joseph saved the Adorable Son of Mary from the murder of the Innocents, by flying with Him into Egypt; he shared with the Blessed Virgin the cares, love and tenderness with which she watched over His helpless infancy; he laboured day and night to support, clothe, and nourish the Holy Family; and think you that all these services (if [one] may dare to employ such a word when speaking of the Creator) could be forgotten by our Blessed Lord? The thought would be blasphemy. The prayers of St. Joseph are orders for this God, who rewards even a cup of cold water given in His name!
The Church also in her turn, adds her testimony to the great power which St. Joseph possesses in heaven. That church, to which Our Blessed Lord has given a charge to teach us all truth, and to lead us into the path of true piety, enjoins us to be devout to St. Joseph; and does all in her power to excite in us a tender devotion towards him. She has raised numberless magnificent sanctuaries in his honour, and has instituted two solemn festivals, which are kept throughout the Catholic world; so that from east to west, from north to south—in a word, wherever the mysteries of the adopted Son are celebrated, the glory of the foster-father is always duly honoured.
The Church proposes St. Joseph to her children as the model of an interior life, and the patron of a happy death. She would have them consecrate the Wednesday of each week to honour him, and has granted indulgences on his feasts, and to the pious practices performed in his honour.
Even in the first half of the 17th century, there prevailed amidst the devout clients of St. Joseph a presentiment, that the day would come, when the Church, through her Liturgy, would urge the Faithful to have recourse to him as their powerful Protector.
In a book published in the year 1645, we find these almost prophetic words:
”O thou bright sun, thou father of our days! speed thy onward course, and give us that happy day, whereon are to be fulfilled the prophecies of the Saints. They have said, that in the latter ages of the world, the glories of St. Joseph will be brought to light; that God will draw aside the veil, which has hitherto prevented us from seeing the wondrous sanctuary of Joseph's soul; that the Holy Ghost will inspire the Faithful to proclaim the praises of this admirable Saint, and to build Monasteries, Churches and Altars in his honour; that, throughout the entire kingdom of the Church Militant, he shall be considered as the special Protector, for he was the Protector of the very founder of that kingdom, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ; that the Sovereign Pontiffs will, by a secret impulse from heaven, ordain that the Feast of this great Patriarch be solemnly celebrated through the length and breadth of the spiritual domain of St. Peter; that the most learned men of the world will use their talents in studying the divine gifts hidden in St. Joseph, and that they will find in him treasures of grace incomparably more precious and plentiful, than were possessed by every the choicest of the elect of the Old Testament, during the whole four thousand years of its duration.” (La gloire de saint Joseph; par le P. Jean Jacquinot, de la Compagnie de Jesus. Dijon: 1645.)
Let us then, henceforth, have confidence in the Patronage of St. Joseph. He is the Father of the Faithful, and it is God's will, that he, more than any other Saint, should have power to apply to us the blessings of the mystery of the Incarnation,—the great mystery whereof he, after Mary, was the chief earthly minister.
from: A novena to St. Joseph, to obtain of God, through the intercession of this holy Patriarch, 1871. Imprimatur;
The Liturgical Year – The Paschal Time, Vol. II, Dublin, Edition 1871.
Prayer for the Church and Consecration to St. Joseph.
(300 Days, once a day)
O glorious St Joseph, chosen by God to be the reputed father of Jesus, the most pure spouse of Mary ever Virgin, and the head of the Holy Family, and then elected by the Vicar of Christ to be the heavenly Patron and Protector of the Church founded by Jesus Christ; with the greatest confidence I implore at this time thy powerful aid for the entire Church militant. Protect in a special manner with thy truly paternal love the Supreme Pontiff and all the bishops and priests united to the See of St Peter. Defend all those who labour for souls in the midst of the afflictions and tribulations of this life, and obtain the willing submission of every nation throughout the world to the Church, the necessary means of salvation for all.
O dearest St Joseph, be pleased to accept the consecration which I make to thee of myself. I dedicate myself entirely to thee that thou mayest ever be my father, my protector, and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me great purity of heart and a fervent love of the interior life. Grant that after thy example all my actions may be directed to the greater glory of God, in union with the divine Heart of Jesus and the immaculate heart of Mary, and with thee. Finally, pray for me that I may be able to share in the peace and joy of thy most holy death. Amen.
Prayer to St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church.
(100 Days, once a day)
O most powerful Patriarch, St Joseph, Patron of that universal Church which has always invoked thee in anxieties and tribulations; from the lofty seat of thy glory lovingly regard the Catholic world. Let it move thy paternal heart to see the mystical Spouse of Christ and his Vicar weakened by sorrow and persecuted by powerful enemies. We beseech thee, by the most bitter suffering thou didst experience on earth, to wipe away in mercy the tears of the revered Pontiff, to defend and liberate him, and to intercede with the Giver of peace and charity, that every hostile power being overcome and every error being destroyed, the whole Church may serve the God of all blessings in perfect liberty: ut destructis adversitatibus et erroribus universis Ecclesia secura DEO serviat libertate. Amen.
Memorare to St. Joseph.
(300 Days, once a day)
Remember, most pure spouse of Mary ever-Virgin, my loving protector, St Joseph, that never has it been heard that anyone ever invoked thy protection, or besought aid of thee, without being consoled. In this confidence I come before thee, I fervently recommend myself to thee. Despise not my prayer, foster-father of our Redeemer, but do thou in thy pity receive it. Amen.
Source: The Raccolta, 1910 Edition.
Below listed are the feasts falling in March 2021:
March 1: Mass of the Season
March 2: Mass of the Season
March 3: Mass of the Season
March 7: III Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. Thomas Aquinas Confessor and Doctor of the Church.
March 8: St. John of God Confessor, Double.
March 9: St. Frances of Rome Widow, Double.
March 10: Commemoration of The Forty Holy Martyrs.
March 11: Mass of the Season
March 13: Mass of the Season
March 14: IV Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class.
March 15: Mass of the Season
March 16: Mass of the Season
March 17: St. Patrick Bishop and Confessor, Double.
March 20: Mass of the Season
March 22: Mass of the Season
March 23: Mass of the Season
March 24: St. Gabriel the Archangel, Greater Double.
March 26: Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Greater Double; Commemoration of the Feria.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
February is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Most Holy Trinity
“And there are three who give testimony
in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one.”
(I St. John, v. 7)
Glory be to thee O Co-equal Trinity, one God-head before all ages, now, and for evermore. From whom are all things; thro’ whom are all things; in whom are all things; to Him be glory for ever.
The Famous Creed based on the Trinitarian Doctrine is the Athanasian Creed. It is also focused on Christology. The Latin name of the creed, “Quicunque Vult,” is taken from the opening words, "Whoever wishes". This creed explicitly states the equality of the three persons of the Trinity.
The mystery of the ever-adorable Trinity is the foundation of the Christian religion, the Master-Dogma of the Catholic Faith, and is firmly to be believed and assented to, though incomprehensible to human reason. What the Christian Church teaches us, with regard to this mystery, in a few words, is this: There is only one supreme Eternal God, Creator of heaven and earth, in three divine Persons, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, really distinct one from the other. For the Father is not the Son, nor the Holy Ghost; nor is the Son the Father, or the Holy Ghost; nor is the Holy Ghost the Father, or the Son. The Father is from no other: The Son was born of the Father from all eternity, and is equal to him in power and majesty, of the same nature and substance: The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and Son from all eternity, is equal to them in power and majesty, of the same nature and substance with them. So that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are the One, supreme, Eternal Being; and consequently, tho’ the Father be God, the Son be God, and the Holy Ghost be God, they are but One God equally to be praised, adored, and worshiped for ever.
Let us therefore this month beg Almighty God to preserve us in this Faith, and continue to teach us to submit our reason to revelation. Let us offer our prayers for those unhappy men, who, taking their weak reason for the standard of all truth, impiously give the lie to the Almighty, and refuse to believe God, when he himself teaches us (through the Church) what we are to believe concerning him.
Below listed are the feasts falling in February 2021:
February 1: St. Ignatius (of Antioch), Bishop and Martyr, Double.
February 3: Commemoration of St. Blase Bishop and Martyr.
February 4: St. Andrew Corsini Bishop and Confessor, Double.
February 7: Sexagesima Sunday, Double; Commemoration of St. Romuald Abbot.
February 8: St. John of Matha Confessor, Double.
February 9: Commemoration of the Passion of Christ (Tuesday after Sexagesima Sunday); St. Cyril Bishop of Alexandria, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. Apollonia Virgin Martyr.
February 10: St. Scholastica Virgin, Double.
February 13: Mass of the Season
February 14: Shrove Sunday/Quinquagesima Sunday, Double; Commemoration of St. Valentine Priest and Martyr.
February 15: Shrove Monday/Commemoration of Ss. Faustinus and Jovita Martyrs.
February 16: Holy Face of our Lord Jesus Christ (Shrove Tuesday).
(THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT BEGINS)
February 18: Commemoration of St. Simeon Bishop and Martyr.
February 19: The sacred Crown of Thorns (Friday after Ash Wednesday).
February 20: Mass of the Season
February 21: I Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class.
February 22: Chair of St. Peter at Antioch, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Paul.
February 25: Mass of the Season
February 28: II Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
January is the Month, the Church Dedicates to the Most Holy Name of Jesus & the Most Holy Family
Ejaculatory Prayers to the Holy Family.
[An Indulgence of 300 days every time the three following ejaculatory prayers are said, to obtain a happy death. For saying any one of them, 100 days Indulgence]
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
I give you my heart, my soul, and, my life.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
may I die in peace in your blessed company.
Taken from: A Catholic’s Vade Mecum, Edition 1851.
Invocation of the Most Holy Name of JESUS.
“ JESUS! ”
(An Indulgence of twenty-five days is granted for each devout invocation)
Non-Sunday Holy Days of Obligation
Saint Pope Pius X promulgated on 2 July 1911, the Motu Proprio, Supremi Disciplinae, relating to Holy Days of obligation. It reduced the number of non-Sunday holy days of Obligation from 36 to 8, which are as follows:
1. December 8th: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2. December 25th: Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas)
3. January 1st: Circumcision of the Lord and Octave of the Nativity
4. January 6th: Epiphany of the Lord
5. Thursday after the 5th Sunday after Easter: The Ascension of the Lord
6. June 29th: Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
7. August 15th : Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8. November 1st: All Saints
There is no obligation for fast or abstinence on a holy day of obligation, even if it falls on a Friday.
Below listed are the feasts falling in January 2021:
ANNO DOMINI 2 0 2 1
January 2: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
January 4: Mass of the Season
January 5: Commemoration of St. Telesphorus Pope and Martyr.
January 6: Epiphany of the Lord, Double of the I Class
(HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION).
[PART I – The Adoration of the Magi]
[PART II – History and Significance of the Feast of the Epiphany]
[PART III – Balaam's Prophecy, and the Expectation of the Gentiles]
January 7: Mass of the Season
January 8: Mass of the Season
January 9: Mass of the Season
January 11: Commemoration of St. Hyginus Pope and Martyr.
January 12: Mass of the Season
January 16: St. Marcellus I Pope and Martyr, Simple.
January 17: II Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Anthony (of Egypt), Abbot.
January 18: Chair of St. Peter Apostle at Rome, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Paul Apostle; Commemoration of St. Prisca Virgin and Martyr.
January 20: Ss. Fabian Pope and Sebastian Martyrs, Double.
January 21: St. Agnes, Roman Virgin and Martyr, Double.
January 24: III Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Timothy Bishop and Martyr.
January 25: Conversion of St. Paul Apostle, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Peter.
January 26: St. Polycarp Bishop and Martyr, Double.
January 30: St. Martina Virgin and Martyr, Simple.
(THE SHROVETIDE / PRE-LENTEN SEASON BEGINS)
“Our help is in the NAME of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
(Ps, cxxiii. 8)
December is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Immaculate Conception
“And the Lord God said to the serpent:… I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie
in wait for her heel.”
(Gen, iii. 14, 15)
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root.”
(Isaias, xi. 1)
Thou art all fair, O Mary, and the stain original is not in thee. Alleluia.
“All generations shall call me blessed, because he that is mighty hath done great things in me.”
(St. Luke, i. 48, 49)
“We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.” Hence, if anyone shall dare -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he think in his heart.
(Given at St. Peter's in Rome, the 8th of December, 1854, Pius IX)
Click here, to read the Apostolic Constitution by Pope Pius IX - defining the dogma of Immaculate Conception.
Days of Fasting & Abstinence in December 2020:
1. December 7, 2020: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Eve of Immaculate Conception).
2. December 16, 2020: Fasting & Partial Abstinence (Ember Wednesday).
3. December 18, 2020: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Ember Friday).
4. December 19, 2020: Fasting & Partial Abstinence (Ember Saturday).
5. December 24, 2020: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Christmas Eve/Vigil).
Click here, for the Church Laws of Fast and Abstinence.
Below listed are the feasts falling in December 2020:
December 1: Mass of the Season
December 2: Commemoration of St. Bibiana Virgin and Martyr.
December 3: St. Francis Xavier Confessor, Greater Double.
December 6: II Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. Nicholas Bishop and Confessor.
December 8: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Double of the I Class.
[PART I – Feast of the Immaculate Conception through the centuries]
[PART II – The necessity for the Ark of the Covenant to be free from any stain]
[PART III – The Apostolic Constitution by Pope Pius IX]
December 9: Mass of the Season.
December 11: Commemoration of St. Damasus I Pope and Confessor.
December 13: III Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. Lucy Virgin and Martyr.
December 14: Mass of the Season
December 15: Mass of the Season
The Commencement of the Great ‘O’ Antiphons (Dec 17 - Dec 23).
(Cesar Augustus decrees that all should be enrolled into their own cities [St. Luke, ii. 1-5]. We will accompany our Blessed Mother Mary and St. Joseph, from Galilee to Bethlehem.)
December 17: Mass of the Season/O Sapienta.
December 20: IV Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class/O Clavis David.
December 22: Mass of the Season/O Rex Gentium.
December 23: Mass of the Season/O Emmanuel.
December 24: Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Eve).
December 25: Nativity of our
Lord Jesus Christ, Double of the I Class with an Octave; Commemoration of St. Anastasia, Martyr (Second Mass).
[PART I – The prophecies in Old Testament leading to the Nativity]
[PART II – Sermons and Homilies of our Fathers]
[PART III – History of Christmas]
[PART IV – Mystery of Christmas]
December 26: St. Stephen Protomartyr, Double of the II class; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 27: Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Double; Commemoration of St. John Apostle and Evangelist; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 28: The Holy Innocents, Double of the II class; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 29: St. Thomas Becket (of Canterbury), Bishop and Martyr, Double; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 30: Of the VI day within the Octave of the Nativity, Double.
December 31: St. Sylvester I Pope and Confessor, Double; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!