Christmas

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light! (Is 9:1). The long Advent wait is over, and the promised Messiah has come into the world. This feast of Christmas is so important that there are four liturgies to celebrate this day. The Vigil Mass, the Mass...

Seasonal Introduction to Christmas

The main characteristic of Christmastide is the Light of splendor emerging out of the darkness of sin and death, which we saw throughout the days of Adventide. This Light causes something of an upheaval in the normal liturgical system of Season and Cycle, days, weeks,...

The Epiphany of the Lord

Matthew’s Gospel introduces two contrasting responses to the birth of the Messiah. On one hand, the Gentile “Magi from the east” seek out “the newborn king of the Jews” in order “to do him homage.” On the other hand, Herod and his court also seek the Messiah, but only...

Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God

The first day of the new calendar year is usually a time when people extend good wishes to each other – “Happy New Year!” – and look forward in hope toward what the new year will bring. It is also designated as the Church’s World Day of Peace, a day when we exercise...