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Ian Rutherford is the President and founder of AquinasAndMore.com, one of the largest and oldest on-line Catholic stores. He lives with his lovely wife and eleven kids in northern Colorado.

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

Laetare Sunday

“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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Why sacrifice during Lent?

Why Sacrifice for Lent?

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and the start of the Lenten Season. As we all know, this is a day of fasting, abstinence, and contemplation. With the ashes of last year's palms, we remember our bodies' mortality and our souls' penitence in Christ's memory. When we are told to remember that "Man is dust, and to dust you shall return", we are reminded of our dependence upon God for our souls' eternal life in Heaven, and the fallibility of our Free Will.

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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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Taking a Pilgrimage with Our Lady of Lourdes

Lourdes

February 11 is the anniversary of the first appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes, France in 1858. The first of eighteen times Our Lady would appear to the young French girl, Bernadette Soubirous, over the next several weeks. To this day, people from all over world come to Lourdes to bathe in its waters and seek miraculous intercession through Our Lady and Saint Bernadette.

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What is Candlemas?

What is Candlemas?

n the Roman Rite, Candlemas is another name the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The principal Mass for this great feast is preceded by the blessing of candles, hence the name, from Candle Mass.

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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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The Eleventh Day of Christmas – Elizabeth Ann Seton, convert and saint

Feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Elizabeth Ann Seton was born into the Bayley family in 1774, just two years before the American Revolution. She grew up in affluence among the socialites of New York City. Her mother was the daughter of an Episcopalian Rector and she died when Elizabeth was a youngster of three. Her father was a doctor and professor, and he saw to …

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If Mary Isn’t the Theotokos, the Mother of God, Who is She?

`Feast of the Theotokos, Mother of God

On December 31 we usher in the New Year with late night champagne, half-baked resolutions and epic movies. But in the midst of this activity the Church asks us to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Theotokos – the Mother of God; a feast day of epic proportions and fulfilled covenants, a dogma that sheds as much light on the nature of …

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