Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

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We close the Christmas season with Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan by John (i.e., the baptism of our Lord). This is the third Epiphany of the Christmas season and the last time we will hear ‘We Three Kings’ for 11 months. Christ’s birth The Visiting of the Magi Christ’s baptism in the river Jordan This completes the theophany. Scripturally, when Christ was baptized, the voice of the Father thundered and the Holy Spirit was present. This was the first Trinitarian Continue reading Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord

O Antiphons: O Sapientia Antiphon (O Wisdom)

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During the final seven evenings of Advent, which begin on December 17, the antiphons for the Magnificat during evening prayer all begin with ‘O’ followed by a different name for the Messiah. The various names for the prophesied Christ originate from the book of Isaiah the prophet, to whom we hear from mostly during the Advent Season. As a group, these antiphons are known as the O Antiphons. The most common Advent hymn, O Come Emmanuel, is a hymn variation of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Sapientia Antiphon (O Wisdom)

Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the sixth and final article in a series focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview Of the four sets of mysteries contemplated during the praying of the rosary, the glorious mysteries are the conclusion of the cycle of prayers. While you are free to pray whichever set of mysteries you choose at any time (and I Continue reading Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary

Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

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This is the fourth article in a series of six focusing on the rosary. You will find links to the other articles in this series at the end of this article. The Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary: An Overview In the past decade or so, we have experienced a lot of unusual circumstances in the Church: the resignation of a pope and the election of a Jesuit pope from the Americas, to name a few. The luminous mysteries of the Continue reading Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary

Mary Magdalene named Patron Saint of Catholic Majority

It’s been a month and a half since we first announced that we were looking for a patron saint for the Catholic Majority community. Since that time, you have participated by nominating your favorite choices, voting on the nominees, and then voting in a run-off. From a potential list of tens of thousands, to sixteen, to two, we are happy to announce that we now have a patron saint: Saint Mary Magdalene. It was a close vote, but we believe Continue reading Mary Magdalene named Patron Saint of Catholic Majority

Faith: A Reflection on Lumen Fidei

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On the same day that Catholic Majority launched, Pope Francis gave to the world his first encyclical letter, Lumen Fidei, the Light of Faith.  On June 29th, the Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul, we at Catholic Majority “committed to provide a voice for the diversity within the Mystical Body of Christ, with respect, for the betterment of the Church,” and Pope Francis reminded Catholics and the world that Christ came as light into the world to dispel darkness, Continue reading Faith: A Reflection on Lumen Fidei

Church Realities: Ministering from Within

I am often asked how I can justify in my mind working for the Catholic Church.  How can you be gay and be employed by an institution that condemns you? Depending on the questioner, I tell them how much I appreciate the Catholic Church’s contribution to arts and its historical reputation for being a significant patron of the arts, and that I wish to continue my career in an institution with such a profoundly rich musical heritage.  I then offer Continue reading Church Realities: Ministering from Within