Most people think that Christmas is over on December 26th. But for the Catholic Church, the celebration has just begun. There is a reason why Christmas is called a season. It does not last for a single day. We have been preparing for it for four weeks, and the Church couldn’t possibly start and end its celebration of Christ’s birth in one day.
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: IN EXPECTATION OF OUR LORD View The Catholic Company’s entire selection of Advent Prayer Books here. TODAY’S GOSPEL Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. […]
Holy Week is the most solemn and glorious week of the church year—even more so than Christmas. Beginning with Palm Sunday, when Jesus entered triumphantly into Jerusalem, and ending with Easter Sunday, Holy Week progresses to its final days with great solemnity. Sundown on Holy Thursday to sundown on Easter Sunday is referred to as […]
St. Josemaría Escrivá is best known for reminding ordinary Christians to find sanctity in daily life and work. He once wrote, “Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find Him.” The quotes below are excerpted from his book The Way. Throughout this mini-manual, St. Josemaría plays […]
“Remember man that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” These words, which derive from the Book of Genesis, were spoken in the liturgy on Ash Wednesday when ashes were placed on the foreheads of the faithful. We naturally begin this season of Lent with a contemplation of our death. Join us for […]
Catholics everywhere are talking about it. “Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day are on the same day this year. What do we DO?” No worries. The answer is actually pretty simple. We just haven’t had to worry about this since 1945, and the coinciding of Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day won’t happen again until 2024. In the meantime, here’s a lighthearted (but earnest) guide on how to celebrate like a Catholic this February 14th.
Why does it always seem that as soon as we put away the last of the ornaments and decorations, Lent comes upon us faster than we can work off that last batch of Christmas cookies we ate? We generally have no problem knowing when Easter and Christmas are coming, because we have weeks of preparation […]
There are many beautiful and ancient traditions that come to us from the East in the form of special blessings that the Church performs on Epiphany: the blessing of water, chalk, and homes.
Next to Easter, Christmas is the holiest day of the year. Just as we celebrate Easter as a Triduum of liturgies (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil), so at Christmas we have something like a triduum of Masses. There are three Masses celebrated on Christmas Day: at midnight, dawn, and during the day. Each Mass is distinct and highlights a different aspect of the Christmas story.
If you’re anything like me, once Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas can’t come soon enough. There’s just something about decking the halls and James Taylor At Christmas that brings out my inner child and an even greater sense of joy during the month of December. But with all the excitement of the Christmas season, […]