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Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist

October 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler

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Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist     Today is the feast day of Saint Luke the Evangelist.  He is responsible for writing the Gospel of Luke and also the Acts of the Apostles, sometimes collectively referred to as Luke-Acts! He was a physician, and painter (believed to have painted a portrait of Mary, the Mother of God, and Saints Peter and Paul), who, though not personally an eye-witness... Read More

St Mark the Evangelist and His Gospel

April 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Feast Days, Liturgy

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St Mark the Evangelist and His Gospel*   “ST MARK … is generally supposed to have been of Jewish extraction. From the style of his writings, abounding in Hebraisms, he would seem to be better versed in the Hebrew than in the Greek language. It is said by some … that he was one of the seventy-two disciples of our Lord, and among those who deserted Him, in consequence of being... Read More

Christ is Baptized – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

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Christ is Baptized Second Reading, Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours From a Sermon by St. Gregory of Nazianzus (St. Gregory Nazianzen), Bishop Oratio 39 in Sancta Lumina, 14-16, 20; PG 36, 350-351, 354, 358-359 “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near.... Read More

Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

November 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Feast Days, Liz Estler, Meditations

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Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica November 9 “The anniversary of the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, which was erected by the Emperor Constantine, has been observed on this day since the 12th century. This feast was at first observed only in Rome but later in honor of the basilica, which is called the mother church of Christendom, the celebration was extended to the whole... Read More

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Presence of God – O my Mother, most holy Virgin Mary, be always my model, my support, and my guide. MEDITATION “And Mary, rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.” These words are from today’s Gospel (Lk 1:39-47). Mary, in the exquisite delicacy of her charity, has such a profound sense of the... Read More

Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray For Us!

April 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy

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  Saint Mark the Evangelist, Pray for Us! This feast day celebrates Saint Mark the Evangelist, wrote the Gospel on or before the year 60 AD in Rome. He is usually identified with the Mark in Acts 12:12.  His gospel is the shortest of the four gospels, and scholars have determined that it is is also the oldest of them as well.  He was not one of the Twelve Apostles. And, it is thought, by some,... Read More

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle

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Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter the Apostle + “Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the Church. Though there are in God’s people many bishops and many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved,... Read More

Feast of the Presentation of the Lord

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  Feast of the Presentation of the Lord Praying Through Art At the Presentation of the Lord, Mary and Joseph present Jesus to God in the Temple as prescribed by law; Simeon and Anna are also present. “In honor of the divine mystery that we celebrate today, let us all hasten to meet Christ. Everyone should be eager to join the procession and to carry a light. “Our light candles are... Read More

Saint Paul the Apostle, Pray for Us!

January 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Liturgy, Seasonal

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Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle Saint Paul the Apostle: Pray for Us! “Paul addressed the people in these words: ‘I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering... Read More

Baptism of the Lord, Feast

January 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Feast Days, Seasonal

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Baptism of the Lord Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Praying through Art “Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. “John is baptizing when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptizer; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake... Read More

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