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Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Ember Days

Fat Tuesday, Skinny Wednesday While it may be difficult to imagine a modern Mardi Gras parade along the Narrow Way, it is good to know that the origins of Mardi Gras were actually quite honorable and tied to the liturgical celebration which quickly approaches: LENT. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday". Back in the day, before people had refrigerators and freezers and when ...

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What're You Doing for Lent?

There's a holiday song that I love, but which, I think, always gets lost in the holiday shuffle. The song goes like this: Maybe it's much too early in the game Ah, but I thought I'd ask you just the same What are you doing New Year's, New Year's eve? Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight When it's exactly twelve o'clock that night Welcoming in the ...

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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 after the Jewish-Babylonian War. The three ...

Lumen Ad Revelationem Gentium - A Reflection on Candlemas

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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Novena to St. Joseph - January 15th

Dear Friends and Family, Please join us in our annual re-consecration to St. Joseph which is to be prayed from January 15th to the 23rd. For those who are members of Apostoli Viae, we ask you to join with our community intentions. It is always best to state them out loud and then offer our own intentions in the chat below this post so we can all pray for one another. For the repose of ...

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Pray for the Repose of the Soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict

The Apostoli Viae community is saddened by the news of the loss of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Please join us as we pray for the repose of his soul. photo: Giulio Napolitano/CNA / CNA

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O Magnum Mysterium: A Reflection on Christmas Eve

O magnum mysterium, et admirabile sacramentum, ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio! Beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia! O great mystery, and wonderful sacrament, that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger! Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to be...

The Degrees of Perfection - St. John of the Cross

A concise summary of St. John of the Cross that reveals the path to union with God.

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Blessed Feast of St. John of the Cross from St. Joseph's Chapel

O God, who gave the Priest Saint John an outstanding dedication to perfect self-denial and love of the Cross, grant that, by imitating him closely at all times, we may come to contemplate eternally Your glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

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Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Blessed Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe from St. Joseph's Chapel at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Retreat Center Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming From tender stem hath sprung! Of Jesse’s lineage coming As seers of old have sung. It came a blossom bright, Amid the cold of winter When half-spent was the night. Isaiah has foretold it, The Rose I have in mind. With Mary we ...

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