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An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday — Video

March 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Holy Week, Liz Estler, Prayer, Triduum, Videos


An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday Video “[He] suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell…” (Apostles’ Creed) This moving video presentation was created by Theophilus Peregrinus from An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday, and is used here with permission. This is the Second Reading for the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday found in the Liturgy of the Hours... Read More

Friday of the Passion of the Lord: The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue


The Cross Exemplifies Every Virtue From a conference by Saint Thomas Aquinas Collatio 6 super Credo in Deum “Why did the Son of God have to suffer for us? There was a great need, and it can be considered in a twofold way: In the first place, as a remedy for sin, And, secondly, as an example of how to act. “It is a remedy, for, in the face of all the evils which we incur on account of our sins, we have found relief... Read More

Good Friday and The Passion of the Christ

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Good Friday and The Passion of the Christ Dan and Melissa strongly recommend watching The Passion of the Christ on Good Friday evening to more effectively meditate on the brutal reality that Our Lord entered into to redeem the world.  Topics/Questions covered in the show: Having a visually realistic portrayal of the event of our Lord’s Passion and death to meditate upon. Mary’s role in the Passion and the emotional suffering... Read More

The Lamb that was Slain

March 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Holy Week, Triduum


The Lamb that was Slain* The lamb that was slain has delivered us from death and given us life There was much proclaimed by the prophets about the mystery of the Passover: that mystery is Christ, and to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. For the sake of suffering humanity he came down from heaven to earth, clothed himself in that humanity in the Virgin’s womb, and was born a man. Having then a body capable of suffering, he... Read More

How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!


Alleluia! Christ is Risen! How are We Able to Hold Fast to Our Faith? He is Risen!   In the midst of our busy lives, it is easy to be overwhelmed and to feel overcome by difficult circumstance. For those who strive to pray, Christ risen from the dead allows us to taste this only in order to help us come to spiritual maturity. He himself comes to give us hope, that we might stand firm and not lose heart. This is the great... Read More

Holy Saturday 2015


Holy Saturday “Jesus did not descend into hell to deliver the damned, nor to destroy the hell of damnation, but to free the just who had gone before him.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 633, referencing the Council of Rome and Pope Benedict XII)   “Holy Saturday is the day when God remains hidden, we read in an ancient Homily: ‘What has happened? Today the earth is shrouded in deep silence,... Read More

To the Feet of the Crucified One

April 3, 2015 by  
Filed under En espanol, Holy Week, Liz Estler, Poetry, Triduum


To the Feet of the Crucified One (This is the translation of the original Spanish version, which follows below) White roses I’ve brought to the feet of the Savior, to those feet that have walked the road of pain He trod. Drops of blood have fallen and trickle flower to flower. The roses have been converted into a bouquet of love [a bower]! Red, very bright red and of a piercing scent; the flowers have not understood the... Read More

Darkness Covered the Earth

April 6, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Praying Through Art, Triduum


Darkness Covered the Earth + Art: Crucifixion detail of Issenheim Altarpiece, Matthias Grünewald (c.1470-1528), 1506 to 1515 or perhaps 1512 to 1516, PD-US author’s term of life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.  This painting is found in the chapel of the hospital infirmary of St. Anthony’s Monastery in Issenheim, in the Alsace region of France.  At one time, this monastery was a hospital for victims of... Read More

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