party on…

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! Christos Anesti! Alethos Anesti!Angnolo Bronzino c. 1552Easter isn't over. In fact, Eastertide is a period lasting fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday. So no, it's not back to liturgical life as normal. There is still some significant partying to be done. Divine Mercy Sunday, the Ascension and a plethora of saints are all celebrated before the season officially ends on Pentecost.I've often heard others describe Catholics as … [Read more...]

Candlemas…

Luke 2:34-35:And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary his mother: Behold this child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted; And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts, thoughts may be revealed.WEYDEN, Rogier van der Weyden, St. Columba Altarpiece (detail of the Presentation) c. 1455. Oil on oak panel, Alte Pinakothek, Munich. … [Read more...]

Memorial of St. Hilary of Poitiers…

... Ever the spiritual slacker, some days the closest I get to piety is looking at the calendar to see who's the Saint of The Day. It's something I suppose. At least it keeps me in the liturgical rhythm* of the Church.I use to update my blog daily with pictures and a brief synopsis of each day's saint, but the Church proved to have more saints than I had time and the practice ceased. Now I just feature my "besties" in the saint department, Saints I've grown close to and befriended … [Read more...]

on this day…

... Some exciting news for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Simcha Fisher had her baby this morning, little Benedicta Maribel. Also, seminarian Michael Duffy is being ordained a deacon.Deo gratias. … [Read more...]

Guido Reni, St. Cecilia in her Glory…

When I make it back to Rome I intend to visit Santa Cecilia in Trastevere. She's a dear saint to our family of musicians. … [Read more...]

November …

... November is another one of my favorite months. It has everything; cooler weather, crisp air, colorful foliage and clear skies. Liturgically it’s also a very lively month.Coming off the sugar high of Halloween, November starts off with one of my favorite traditions, Dia de Los Muertos, which celebrates the holy days of All Saints and Souls Day Latino style. These feasts and celebrations form the perfect marriage of my two ethnicities.Followed by this, you have Christ the King, the P … [Read more...]