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The Dormition Fast and the Eastern Catholic Churches: It Starts Today!

Did you know that Catholics of the non-Latin Rites, as well as the Orthodox Church, fast for two weeks prior to the Feast of the Assumption? It's called the Dormition Fast, it's similar to Great Lent, and it begins today!              Why is there a Fast? What are the Rules? The Eastern churches (both Catholic …

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The Magnificent Feast of Saints Anne and Joachim, parents of the Blessed Mother

Joachim (whose name means Yahweh prepares), was the father of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anne (Hebrew, Hannah, grace; also spelled Ann, Anne, Anna) is the traditional name of the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Tradition grounded on very old testimonies, very early hailed Saints Joachim and Anne as the father and mother of the Mother of God. O Lord, God of our …

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Star of the East: Saint Sharbel Makhluf, the Lebanese monk

Saint Sharbel was a Lebanese monk, born in a small mountain village and ordained in 1858. Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he spent the last twenty-three years of his life as a hermit. Despite temptations to wealth and comfort, Sharbel taught the value of poverty, self-sacrifice, and prayer by the way he lived. Pope John Paul II often said …

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Pray the Luminous Mysteries!

Reflection on the Luminous Mysteries Moving on from the infancy and the hidden life in Nazareth to the public life of Jesus, our contemplation brings us to those mysteries which may be called in a special way “mysteries of light”. Certainly the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world” (Jn 8:12). …

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Chaplet of St. Anne

Did you know there is a Chaplet of St. Anne? It is prayed on the beads of St. Anne, consisting of the medal of St. Anne and eighteen beads. This little chaplet dates back to 1875.  The author is unknown. This chaplet is the source of a great number of favors both spiritual and temporal.  The chaplet is said by starting …

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All About the Brown Scapular

What do you know about the Brown Scapular? A scapular is a garment worn by religious over the shoulders  and hanging down in front and back, usually to about the bottom of the habit. The name derives from the shoulder bone, or scapula. Over time the scapular took on symbolic meanings, such as the carrying of the cross of Christ. Among …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel Novena, Day Four

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16.  Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are …

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Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Day Three

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16.  Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are …

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Novena to Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Day Two

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is July 16.  Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein that you are …

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