Dec. 22, 2012

Today is Saturday of the 3rd week of Advent. The liturgical color is violet.

In the Extraordinary Form, it is Saturday of Ember Week in Advent.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 22, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

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Readings:

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Devotional Information:

We have almost arrived at Christmas. According to the Holy See’s Directory on Popular Piety:

Popular piety, precisely because it can intuit the values inherent in the mystery of Christ’s birth, is called upon to cooperate in preserving the memory of the manifestation of the Lord, so as to ensure that the strong religious tradition surrounding Christmas is not secularized by consumerism or the infiltration of various forms of neopaganism.

Dec. 21, 2012

Today is Friday of the 3rd week of Advent. The liturgical color is violet.

In the Extraordinary Form, the liturgical color for today is red.

In the Extraordinary Form, it is Friday of Ember Week in Advent.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 21, in the Ordinary Form, we celebrate St. Peter Canisius, priest and doctor of the Church. It is an optional memorial.

In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Thomas, apostle, who died in A.D. 63. It is a Class II day.

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Readings:

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Dec. 20, 2012

Today is Thursday of the 3rd week of Advent. The liturgical color is violet.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 20, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

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Readings:

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Dec. 19, 2012

Today is Wednesday of the 3rd week of Advent. The liturgical color is violet.

In the Extraordinary Form, it is Wednesday of Ember Week in Advent.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 19, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

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Readings:

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Dec. 18, 2012

Today is Tuesday of the 3rd week of Advent. The liturgical color is violet.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 18, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

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Readings:

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Dec. 17, 2012

Today is Monday of the 3rd week of Advent. The liturgical color is violet.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 17, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

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Readings:

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Devotional Information:

According to the Holy See’s Directory on Popular Piety:

The Christmas Novena

103. The Christmas novena began as a means of communicating the riches of the Liturgy to the faithful who were unable easily to grasp it. It has played a very effective role and can continue to play such a role. At the same time, in current conditions where the faithful have easier access to the Liturgy, it would seem desirable that vespers from the 17-23 of December should be more solemn by adopting the use of the “major antiphons”, and by inviting the faithful to participate at the celebration. Such a celebration, held either before of after which the popular devotions to which the faithful are particularly attached, would be an ideal “Christmas novena”, in full conformity with the Liturgy and mindful of the needs of the faithful. Some elements, such as the homily, the use of incense, and the intercessions, could also be expanded within the celebration of Vespers.

Dec. 16, 2012

Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday). The liturgical color is rose or violet.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 16, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Eusebius, bishop of Vercelli, martyr, who died in A.D. 371. It is a Class III day.

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Readings:

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Dec. 15, 2012

Today is Saturday of the 2nd week of Advent. The liturgical color is violet.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 15, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

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Readings:

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Dec. 14, 2012

Today is Friday of the 2nd week of Advent. The liturgical color is white.

In the Extraordinary Form, the liturgical color for today is violet.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 14, in the Ordinary Form, we celebrate St. John of the Cross, priest and doctor of the Church. It is a memorial.

There is no special fixed liturgical day in the Extraordinary Form.

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Readings:

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Dec. 13, 2012

Today is Thursday of the 2nd week of Advent. The liturgical color is red.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On December 13, in both the Ordinary and the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Lucy, virgin and martyr of Syracuse, who died in A.D. 303. In the Ordinary Form, it is a memorial, and in the Extraordinary Form, it is a Class III day.

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Readings:

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