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A rose vestment by any other name… What is Laetare Sunday?

Laetare Sunday Sale

“Laetare” comes from a line in the Latin liturgy for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, "Laetare Jerusalem" which means, “Rejoice, Jerusalem!” Since the fourth Sunday falls toward the middle of Lent, it’s a day set aside as “Laetare Sunday” to remember the joy that is coming on Easter Sunday. Once upon a time, the pope would bless golden roses at this time of year, which were sent to Catholic heads of state; that’s where the tradition of rose vestments seems to have originated. Many a priest wishes they had gone for the gold, but they didn’t. Sorry, guys.

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Four ways to live like Saint Frances of Rome

Four ways to live like Saint Frances of Rome

We all know the current Francis of Rome. But before him, there was a “Frances” of Rome. She was an uptown girl of noble birth—a holy girl, wholly unimpressed by her position. She wanted to devote her life to Jesus Christ.

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Seven Common Misconceptions About Lent

Top 7 Misconceptions About Lent

Seven Common Misconceptions About Lent Whether you’ve been a Christian for 40 years or 40 minutes, there’s probably something you’re confused about when it comes to the season of Lent. Don’t worry. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Your own pastor may have to check with the bishop once in a while to make sure he’s got everything straight for …

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Saint John Bosco – Patron of Lost Boys

Saint John Bosco

Today is the feast of Saint John Bosco! This beloved saint is well-known for his compassionate work with poor and homeless youth, with his legacy continuing both in his home country of Italy, in the United States, and around the world. He is the patron saint of editors, publishers, schoolchildren, juvenile delinquents, and many others. To celebrate his feast day, Aquinas and More has two of our most popular Saint John Bosco titles on sale!

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What is Septuagesima Sunday?

What is Septuagesima Sunday?

Before the calendar was revised to create Ordinary Time, the Sundays leading up to Lent had much more interesting names than "The Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time."

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The Conversion of Saint Paul

The Conversion of Saint Paul

Today, January 25th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Though not one of the Twelve Apostles, Paul converted after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, and he preached the Gospel and wrote many letters that are part of the New Testament of the Bible. There are other feast days upon which …

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What is the Diaconate and who is Vincent of Saragossa?

What is a Deacon?

Giving Deacons Their Due It can be easy to take little notice of a deacon in the Catholic Church unless he comes plainly into view. You know, “Oh, look. Deacon Joe is going to do the homily, today.” Other than that, it’s fairly safe to say that we Catholics don’t necessarily think about our deacons all that much. Sure, we …

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Feast of Saint Agnes of Rome

On January 21st, the Church celebrates the Feast of Saint Agnes, martyr of Rome. St. Agnes was executed either in the second half of the 3rd century or the start of the 4th century, and her feast was incorporated into the Church by the end of that 4th century at the latest. Of all the virgin martyrs of Rome, Agnes has always been …

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