the nativity of John and the heart of Jesus

Today is a special day for many reasons. June 24 is traditionally observed as the Nativity of John the Baptist. (Happy birthday St. John; pray for us!) This year, June 24 is also the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. John’s mission was to prepare the way for...

Attende Domine et miserere

Attende Domine is a Latin hymn of penitence we have heard many times this Lent. In Paul’s recording of it, the male choir repeatedly and loudly cries the refrain, “Attende Domine, et miserere, quia peccavimus tibi,” which means “Pay attention to us,...

Candlemas — The Feast of the Presentation

Candlemas — The Feast of the Presentation When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord… and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord,...

Advent, past present and future

Now, again, is the time of Advent, which is the traditional period of preparation leading up to Christmas. This is a holy time, as all times are holy. It is unlike other times, even as all times are distinct, and so like each time has its special celebrations. As we...