Monthly Archives: December 2017

St Thomas Becket ~ December 29th

Collect Pro S. Thoma Martyre Deus, pro cuius Ecclésia gloriósus Póntifex Thomas gládiis impiórum occúbuit: præsta, quǽsumus; ut omnes, qui eius implórant auxílium, petitiónis suæ salutárem consequántur efféctum. O God, for whose Church Bishop Thomas, now in glory, fell by the swords of wicked men, grant, we beseech You, that the prayers of all who […]


Introit Ps 8:3. Ex ore infántium, Deus, et lacténtium perfecísti laudem propter inimicos tuos. Ps 8:2 Dómine, Dóminus noster: quam admirábile est nomen tuum in univérsa terra! Out of the mouths of babes and of sucklings, O God, You have fashioned praise because of Your foes. Ps 8:2 O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is […]

St John the Evangelist – December 27th

Introit Eccli 15:5 In médio Ecclésiæ apéruit os eius: et implévit eum Dóminus spíritu sapiéntiæ et intelléctus: stolam glóriæ índuit eum Ps 91:2 Bonum est confitéri Dómino: et psállere nómini tuo, Altíssime. In the midst of the assembly the Lord opened his mouth; and filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding; He clothed […]

St Stephen -December 26th

December 26—ST. STEPHEN, First Martyr THERE is good reason to believe that St. Stephen was one of the seventy-two disciples of our blessed Lord. After the Ascension he was chosen one of the seven deacons. The ministry of the seven was very fruitful; but Stephen especially, “full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and […]

Christmas Tidbits

The following in from the book “Why do Catholics Eat Fish on Fridays?” Though Christmas is obviously still regarded as a Christian holiday, it should also be remembered that it is a deeply Catholic feast.  To this day the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth is named after the Catholic Masses offered during it, Christmas being […]

St Francis Xavier Cabrini ~ December 22

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini was born as Maria Francesca Cabrini on July 15, 1850 in Sant’ Angelo Lodigiano, Lombardy, Italy. She was born two months premature and the youngest of thirteen children. Unfortunately, only three of her siblings survived past adolescence and Frances would live most of her life in a fragile and delicate state […]

St Thomas the Apostle ~ December 21st

Introit Ps 138:17. Mihi autem nimis honoráti sunt amíci tui, Deus: nimis confortátus est principatus eórum. Ps 138:1-2 Dómine, probásti me et cognovísti me: tu cognovísti sessiónem meam et resurrectiónem meam. To me, Your friends, O God, are made exceedingly honorable; their principality is exceedingly strengthened. Ps 138:1-2 O Lord, You have probed me and […]

On the Office of Compline During Advent – Dom Prosper Gueranger

CHAPTER THE EIGHTH ON THE OFFICE OF COMPLINE DURING ADVENT This Office, which concludes the day, commences by a warning of the dangers of the night: then immediately follows the public confession of our sins, as a powerful means of propitiating the divine justice, and obtaining God’s help, now that we are going to spend […]

On the Office of Vespers During Advent ~ Dom Prosper Gueranger

CHAPTER THE SEVENTH ON THE OFFICE OF VESPERS DURING ADVENT   The limits which necessity requires us to put to this volume will not admit of our inserting any of the day Office beyond Vespers and Compline; moreover, the faithful rarely assist at any other of the Canonical Hours, during this part of the liturgical […]