Guide to Christmas Masses

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Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on catholicmajority.com on 12/24/13. If you go to Mass this Christmas, (which I hope you do!) you will notice that there are four separate sets of readings, each with a different title. Why are there four Christmas Masses? Vigil Mass Mass at Midnight Christmas Mass at Dawn Christmas Mass during the Day The Vigil Mass still keeps a sense of Advent (In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, violet is still a vestment option), speaking of Continue reading Guide to Christmas Masses

Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, Second Week of Advent

Jesus said to his disciples: “What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father than one of these little Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, Second Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Monday, Second Week of Advent

by Gretchen Pacheco, Guest Contributor to Catholic Majority   In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Monday, Second Week of Advent

Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

“I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” –Luke 10:21-22 The first time someone told me that I should consider diversifying my assets, I became physically ill and wanted to check myself into the nearest Urgent Care. This bruising moment of adult realization caused intense mourning for days of sandboxes and dressing up as Robin for Halloween. When Continue reading Gospel Reflection for Tuesday, First Week of Advent

Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

Happy Feast of Christ the King of the Universe! Pope Pius XI initiated this feast in 1925 in response to the rise of secularism and a waning faith in Christ as a king. As we know, Jesus was called the Christ, the anointed one and ruler who would ultimately free the Jewish people from the hands of Roman rule. Pius XI in the early 1900s could see nationalism and secularism on the rise and faith in Christ’s ‘reign’ waning, so Continue reading Thoughts on the Feast of Christ the King

We’re Six Months Old!

Today, we celebrate the six month anniversary of our launch! When we launched, we started as all great projects begin: In the Beginning. We thought that we would find an audience, but could not have imagined how popular our site would become. In just six months, we have had over 10,000 views. Our site has been viewed by people in more than 87 countries, from Antigua and Barbuda to Zimbabwe, including Vatican City! We have published 130 original articles, and Continue reading We’re Six Months Old!

What Christmas Means to Me: O Holy Night

When I was young, Christmas was, without a doubt, my favorite day of the year. A sensitive child who was easily overwhelmed, I quite literally vomited from all the excitement every Christmas morning, without fail. The tradition was: I would wake up before anyone else and look at all the presents under the tree, run to the bathroom to throw up, and then would take my Santa-filled stocking into my bedroom to start eating candy and playing with the toys Continue reading What Christmas Means to Me: O Holy Night

Guide to Christmas Masses

christmas masses

If you go to Mass this Christmas, (which I hope you do!) you will notice that there are four separate sets of readings, each with a different title. Why are there four Christmas Masses? Vigil Mass Mass at Midnight Christmas Mass at Dawn Christmas Mass during the Day The Vigil Mass still keeps a sense of Advent (In the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, violet is still a vestment option), speaking of Emmanuel, God with us, who is to come. Continue reading Guide to Christmas Masses

O Antiphons: O Emmanuel Antiphon (O God With Us)

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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 these seven names of Continue reading O Antiphons: O Emmanuel Antiphon (O God With Us)