Christmas

16th Day of Christmas: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord, bringing to close the season of Christmas.   “The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ, might have the power of baptism.” -St. Ambrose of Milan Words can hardly express …

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15th Day of Christmas: Solemnity of The Epiphany of the Lord

The Solemnity of the Epiphany is celebrated either on January 6 or, according to the decision of the episcopal conference, on the Sunday between January 2 and January 8. For Christians, the Epiphany commemorates the coming of the Magi to the child Jesus, the manifestation of our Lord to the whole world, as had already been made …

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14th Day of Christmas: Memorial of St. Raymond de Penafort

A most fascinating miracle is said to have occurred when St. Raymond de Penafort went to the went the Island of Majorca with King James to preach about Jesus: “King James was a man of great qualities, but he let himself be ruled by passions. There on the Island, too, he was giving bad example. The Saint commanded him to send the woman away. …

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9th Day of Christmas: Feast of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

As friends, bishops, and fellow saints, Saint Basil and Gregory Nazianzen are just two of 35 doctors recognized by the Catholic Church, “from whose writings the whole Church is held to have derived great advantage, and to whom “eminent learning” (eminens doctrina) and “great sanctity” (insignis vitae sanctitas) are attributed”  [source: New World Encyclopedia]. In Greece, New Year’s Day is often …

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