Celebrating The Saints

28 December: Feast of the Holy Innocents (‘Childermas’)

28 December: Feast of the Holy Innocents (‘Childermas’)

26 December: Feast of the Holy Family. Little is known about the life of Jesus’s earthly family. The gospels tell of the early years: the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, the flight into Egypt, the finding of Jesus in the temple. Pope Leo XIII promoted this feast day as a...

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17-23 December: O Antiphons

17-23 December: O Antiphons

An ancient Christian tradition is to pray the O Antiphons during the Octave before Christmas. Sometimes called the Greater Antiphons, or the O’s of Advent, these seven responses are sung or recited before and after the Canticle of Mary (the Magnificat) at evening...

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14 December: Saint John of the Cross

14 December: Saint John of the Cross

14 December: Saint John of the Cross. Born in 1542 as Juan de Yepes, he was the son of a poor silk weaver in Spain. His father was of noble birth but had married much beneath him and thus had been cut off by family. He had taken to silk weaving as a means of...

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21 November: Feast of Christ the King

21 November: Feast of Christ the King

21 November: Feast of Christ the King (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). Celebrated on the last Sunday of the liturgical year, this feast day was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925. As a response to the rise of secularization, atheism,...

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First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

28 November: First Sunday of Advent. The word Advent comes from the Latin adventus, which means a coming or arrival. Advent is the first liturgical season of the Church Year; it begins today and ends on December 24th. Don’t skip Advent – it’s there for a reason! It is...

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11 November: Saint Martin of Tours

11 November: Saint Martin of Tours

11 November: Saint Martin of Tours. Born to pagan parents, this son of a veteran was forced at the age of 15 to serve in the army. Martin was baptized a Christian at age 18. He lived more like a monk than a soldier. One of the most famous stories associated with...

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All Hallow’s Eve

All Hallow’s Eve

In England, saints or holy people are called "hallowed” (deriving from the Old English word meaning holy or sanctified). Hence the name “All Hallows’ Day” for the Feast of All Saints. The evening before the feast became popularly known as “All Hallows' Eve” or even...

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1 November: Solemnity of All Saints

1 November: Solemnity of All Saints

1 November: Solemnity of All Saints. Today, the Church celebrates ALL the saints, canonized or beatified, plus the multitude in heaven enjoying the beatific vision that are only known to God. This history of this feast goes back to when the Church of Antioch kept a...

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