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The Seventh Day of Christmas – Feast of Pope St. Sylvester I

Feast of Saint Sylvester I

Pope St. Sylvester I was born in Rome to Rufinus and Justa in the late 200's. He was educated by a priest named Charitius or Carinus in literature and theology and was ordained a priest by Pope St. Marcellinus. He witnessed Constantine's triumph in 312 and upon the death of Pope St. Melchiades was elevated to the papacy in 314. …

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The Sixth Day of Christmas – Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy Family

The Feast of the Holy Family is dedicated to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, commemorating their life together in Nazareth and calling us to focus on Catholic family life. The feast is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas, unless Christmas falls on a Sunday, in which case it is celebrated on December 30. According to The …

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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

Saint 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

Saint Stephen

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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The Feast of Saint Lucy

Saint Lucy

According to tradition, St. Lucy was born near the end of the 3rd century in Syracuse, Sicily, to a Roman father (who would die while she was quite young) and a Greek mother, Eutychia. The traditional stories describe the family as wealthy and connected to nobility, but from an early age the pious Lucy hoped to devote all her time and worldly goods to doing God's work and helping the poor.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe Holds a Secret

Our Lady of Guadalupe Holds a Secret

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” Revelation 12:1 (Entrance Antiphon for Our Lady of Guadalupe) The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe was imprinted on the cloak of Saint Juan Diego on December 12, 1531. That the picture is still perfectly preserved nearly 500 years later is a testament to its miraculous origins.

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The Immaculate Conception: Patron of the US

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

OnThe Immaculate Conceptions December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX promulgated the infallible dogma of the Immaculate Conception. This ex cathedra statement made official the eternal sinlessness of Mary, showing that from the moment of the creation of her soul she was granted a unique grace from God to be excluded from the stain of original sin, enabling her to carry Jesus Christ in her womb.

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Saint Nicholas – History and Traditions

Saint Nicholas

The legendary figure of Santa Claus originated at least partially from the myths surrounding Saint Nicholas of Myra (or of Bari), who lived during the fourth century and died December 6, 345 or 352. While there are a great many miracles and events attributed to St. Nicholas, almost all that is known with certainty about him is that he was …

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