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He is Risen! Alleluia!

As divine justice could not allow the Body that was united to the Word to see corruption, and there wait, like ours must, for the Archangel’s word to “rise and come to judgment,” so neither could it permit the dominion of death to be long over such a Victim. Jesus had said to the Jews: “A wicked generation seeketh a sign; and a sign shall not be given it, but that of Jon...

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Holy Saturday

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My People, What Have I Done to You?

On Good Friday, choirs around the world sing the Reproaches, also known as the Improperia, a series of antiphons and responses meant to be reproaches from Christ to His people. These reproaches are haunting, and worth listening to on this saddest of days, when the Creator of mankind was deserted, betrayed, tortured, and brutally murdered by the people He created to love and to love Him in retur...

Tenebrae: Descending into Darkness

Tenebrae factae sunt—and it was dark (Mt. 27:45). Before the revision of the celebration of Holy Week in 1955, the Church traditionally chanted Tenebrae during the three days leading up to Easter, known as the Sacred Triduum. This dramatic ceremony was sung during the hours in darkness—hence its name, as Tenebrae is translated from the Latin for “darkness” or &ldqu...

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Behold Thy King!

If Today You Hear His Voice... “Just as what brings heat make things expand, so it is the gift of love to stretch hearts wide open; it is a warm and glowing virtue…For there is nothing which so draws a man to return love, as when he understands that he who loves him is urgently longing for his affection.” - St John Chrysostom Early in the morning of this day, J...

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Fatima and The Devotion of Five First Saturdays

The Apparitions On July 13, 1917, at Fátima, Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary said to the three pastorinhos, Lúcia, Francisco, and Jacinta: “You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace... I shal...

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The Consecration of Ukraine and Russia - Please Join with the Pope, Bishops, and Faithful of the World for Peace

Let us all stand with the Pope and the bishops of the world as they consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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In the Desert with Jesus and Mary

Today, we begin our journey following Jesus into the desert. Can you imagine? He was just baptized in the Jordan, when, suddenly, the Holy Spirit led Him into the desert. He looks back and beckons. Not with His hands. Just a look. Come. We set out, uncertain, but not entirely. We know Who we're following, after all. We trust Him. We thank God for...

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Septuagesima: Exile and Buried Alleluias

The Symbolic Seventy In the traditional Roman calendar, this Sunday is called Septuagesima, which is Latin for "Seventieth". While not exactly 70 days before Easter—it's actually 63—the number is symbolic, representing the 70 years of exile the Israelites spent captive in Babylon after Solomon's Temple was destroyed by after the Jewish-Babylonian War. The thr...

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Lumen Ad Revelationem Gentium

The LORD said to Moses: Tell the Israelites: When a woman has a child, giving birth to a boy, she shall be unclean for seven days... and then she shall spend thirty-three days more in a state of blood purity; she shall not touch anything sacred nor enter the sanctuary till the days of her purification are fulfilled. ... When the days of her purification for a son or for a daughter are fulfille...

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