Category: Advent

Rejoice! Ite ad Joseph!

Rejoice! This is the command from the liturgy today. Saint Paul reminds us to rejoice always (cf. 1 Thes 5:16-24), the color is Rose, which is the color of joy and hope, we sing the words of the Blessed Mother’s magnificat, “my soul rejoices… Continue Reading “Rejoice! Ite ad Joseph!”

In Praise of the Virgin Mary

Today’s guest writer is St Bernard of Clairvoux, whose writing appears in the Office of Readings for December 19: The image is The Annunciation (1644), by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674) From a homily In Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot (Hom. 4:8-9;… Continue Reading “In Praise of the Virgin Mary”

Gaudete Sunday

You may have noticed a little different color scheme today! Yes, the Church celebrates the third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. Thus the color of the vestments is rose–the color of hope. Traditionally in the liturgy, today is also the one day… Continue Reading “Gaudete Sunday”

Monday of the First Week of Advent

I thought sharing this writing by Saint Charles Borromeo, as it is found in the Office of Readings for today, could be helpful. The Office of Readings is one of the “hours” of the Divine Office that priests pray everyday. From a pastoral letter… Continue Reading “Monday of the First Week of Advent”