Candlemas…

candles-and-sacrifice

... The Sequence for Candlemas, sung to Dominican chant by the Dominican friars at Blackfriars, Oxford."Candlemas is the fortieth day after Christmas, and is the day the Church celebrates when the Blessed Virgin Mary in obedience with Mosaic law, presented the Christ child to Simeon the Just, in the temple (Numbers 18:15), and submitted herself for the ritual purification (Luke 2:22).On this feast day, Catholics customarily would bring all the candles they would use in their home … [Read more...]

the virtue of Halloween…

Let the emotional scarring begin!

... A huge part of why I took to Catholicism like a fish to water was that Papists love to party. We have a feast almost daily, and if you're bi-ritual or pre-Vatican II you'll have multiple calendars to induce ecclesiastical schizophrenia. Catholics also have an amazing knack of taking regional traditions and making them their own; just ask those ungrateful pagans.I've lived in various parts of the Bible Belt and have encountered just about every reaction one can have to Halloween, the … [Read more...]


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