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Holy Week: Easter Sunday

April 12, 2009

This is the day the Lord has made;  let us rejoice and be glad, Alleluia! With the ritual and ceremony of the great liturgy of the Triduum now concluded with the fanfare of the Easter Vigil, Holy Week draws to a close with Easter Sunday.  As a Liturgy, the Mass of Easter Sunday is fairly [...]

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Holy Week: The Easter Vigil

April 11, 2009

This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death and rose triumphant from the grave. The final part of the great Triduum liturgy, the culmination of Holy Week, and the most solemn Mass of the Church Year is the great Easter Vigil.  One of the most ancient rites of the Church, the [...]

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Holy Week: Good Friday

April 10, 2009

Behold the wood of the Cross, on which is hung our salvation.  O come, let us adore. The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death is the second part of the Great Liturgy of the Triduum, the heart of the Holiest week of the Church year.  Good Friday is the only day on which no [...]

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Holy Week: Holy Thursday

April 9, 2009

Let us ever glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, for He is our salvation, our life and our resurrection; through him we are saved and made free. While Palm Sunday set the stage, Holy Thursday begins the Easter Triduum, the three days that make up the heart of Holy Week.  While each [...]

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Holy Week: Palm Sunday

April 8, 2009

Hosanna to the Son of David.  Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord, O King of Israel. Hosanna in the Highest. As the Entrance Song above illustrates, Palm Sunday (also known as Passion Sunday or Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion) is the prologue to the great celebration of the Paschal [...]

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Holy Week: An Introduction

April 8, 2009

As I mentioned yesterday, I am a bit burnt out from politics, and have decided to focus this week on the more important things in life.  A big part of that for me is my Catholic faith, and this week above all is a good time to reflect on that faith.  Holy Week has always [...]

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Catholic and Conservative Without Contradiction

January 13, 2009

I have heard a lot over the years about how Catholics tend to be divided in their political beliefs between liberalism and conservatism.  Indeed, the Catholic electorate tends to swing back and forth between the Democrats and Republicans depending on the year.  It is widely assumed that being Catholic means that you are socially conservative [...]

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Catholic Schools Catering to Muslims?

December 2, 2008

The Bishops of England and Wales are now catering to Muslim demands.  According to a report in the UK Daily Mail, the Bishops of England and Wales are requiring Catholic Schools to install Muslim prayer rooms and to ensure that toilet facilities cater to Muslim cleaning rituals. Say what?  Although 30% of students at UK [...]

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Freedom of Choice Act Damages Religious Liberty

November 25, 2008

In 2007, Barack Obama said that one of his first acts as President would be to sign into law the Freedom of Choice Act.  This radical, pro-abortion law, would end any regulation whatsoever on abortion in the 50 states.  Currently, many states have sensible, popular regulations on abortion, such as parental notifications for minors, requiring [...]

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