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The Fifth Day of Christmas – Feast of St. Thomas Becket

Saint Thomas Becket

 Who was Saint Thomas Becket? On December 29, the Catholic Church remembers St. Thomas Becket, the other Thomas who was martyred for the Catholic Faith in England by a king named Henry over matters of Church governance. Thomas was born in London on the 21st of December in either 1117 or 1118 to Gilbert Becket and Matilda Roheise. His parents were buried in Old St. Paul's Cathedral. When …

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The Fourth Day of Christmas – Feast of the Holy Innocents

Feast of the Holy Innocents

Who were the Holy Innocents? Herod was the king in Judea at the time Christ was born. He was an unpopular king, working as he did for the Romans, and his cruelty knew no bounds. He feared any threat to his power, and news of this newborn king troubled him. The wise men, whom he had asked to report the …

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The Third Day of Christmas – Feast of St. John the Evangelist

John the Evangelist

Who was Saint John the Evangelist? December 27th is the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, frequently referred to as “the Beloved Disciple” in the Gospels. He was one of the first disciples called by Christ and is considered the author of the Gospel of John, at least the first of the Epistles of John and the Book of Revelation. He …

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The Second Day of Christmas – St. Stephen’s Day

St. Stephen, the first martyr

Who was Saint Stephen? St. Stephen was the first martyr in the Church and is the patron saint of deacons. Dissatisfaction concerning the distribution of alms from the community's fund having arisen in the Church, seven men were selected and specially ordained by the Apostles to take care of the temporal relief of the poorer members. Of these first seven …

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About Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

On December 12, the Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in memory of the series of apparitions of Mary, the Virgin of Guadalupe to a Mexican peasant, St. Juan Diego, in the 16th century. The actual words that Mary spoke when identifying herself in the native language meant “she who crushes the stone serpent”; at the time the primary god of the native pagan religion in the area was a stone serpent. However, to the Spanish that had recently come to Mexico, it sounded like the Spanish word Guadalupe, the name of a favorite image of Mary in Spain.

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Advent Symbols and Celebrations – Part II

Advent Symbols and Traditions Part II

Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope, a preparation for the coming of the Messiah. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, meaning "to come to"; it refers to the coming of Christ. As with Part I, here are three more expressions of piety to prepare the way of the Lord.

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What you should know about Advent

The History of Advent

What is Advent? The word ‘Advent' is from the Latin ‘Adventus,' which means ‘coming.' Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches), and encompasses the span of time from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated. The first Sunday of Advent is the Sunday nearest the feast of St. …

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