The Marriage of Joseph and Mary

In the Jewish tradition, the joyful celebration of marriage lasted for one full week. This tradition is reflected in the one-week period which connects the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19) with the Solemnity of the Annunciation...

Introduction to the Ashen Triduum

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, but the First Week of Lent begins with the First Sunday. This leaves the three days between Ash Wednesday and the First Sunday in an unusual liturgical interval; they are part of Lent, but not part of the weeks of Lent. Their official...

Seasonal Introduction to Christmas

The Christmas Season takes its direction from the splendor of the light of Christ, which breaks into our Advent darkness with the three liturgical celebrations on Christmas Day. We then proceed into the Octave, which contains numerous feasts. There is an intensity of...

Seasonal Introduction to Advent

Each Advent we are given the opportunity to begin anew and to enter a deeper place of interior awareness. We not only continue to await the second coming of the Lord, but we look forward to celebrating again the birth of the Babe in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago!...

Companion Feasts

Fr. Francis Marino, Founder of the Anawim Community, often spoke of how the Liturgy constantly teaches and forms us. This profound process of “liturgical formation” takes place not only through each day’s readings and prayers, but also through the orderly arrangement...

August is a Month of Glory

For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to bring to light the knowledge of the glory of God on the face of Christ. We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us. 2 Corinthians...