Ss. Simon and Jude, Apostles and Martyrs

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On this day, the Church commemorates the Apostles Ss. Simon and Jude. Very little is known about these two, and for the most part, they're really only mentioned as names in the lists of the Apostles. Simon is called the Zealot, and Jude is, in one gospel, called Thaddeus. It makes sense why an...

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Alfred the Great, King and Confessor

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Today we commemorate St. Alfred the Great, who was an Anglo-Saxon king of the late 800s. We remember him as one who prioritized the learning of his people and his bishops. He was careful to appoint bishops who were learned and commissioned numerous translations of spiritual writings from Latin...

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Sermon for the Feast of Christ the King

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Today we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. Some of the Church's feasts are very old. Easter is perhaps the oldest one... Well today we celebrate one of the newest ones. This feast was only instituted in the year 1925, during the aftermath of World War I. In those days, there was much loss...

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St. Hilarion, Abbot

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ST. HILARION Today we celebrate the feast of St. Hilarion, who lived from 291-371 AD. He was born a pagan in Palestine (this was after the fall of Jerusalem), but when he went abroad to study rhetoric in Alexandria, Egypt, he converted to Christianity. Soon afterward, he heard of the renowned...

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Sermon for the 19th Sunday after Trinity

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Because St. Luke's Day fell on a Sunday this week, the readings and prayers normally said on that Sunday (the 19th after Trinity) get bumped to the next available "feria" day, non-feast day. Since today is a feria, we read Sunday's propers. And I want to focus on the Gospel, Matthew 9:1-8. What...

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St. Frideswide, Virgin and Abbess

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Today, we commemorate the feast of St. Frideswide, Virgin and Abbess, who lived from about 680-727 AD. As a point of reference, she died sixty years before the seventh ecumenical council and a little more than four hundred years before the east-west schism. In those days, Anglo-Saxon England was...

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St. Etheldreda (Audrey), Queen, Virgin, and Abbess

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Today, we commemorate the feast of St. Etheldreda, another Anglo-Saxon saint. Etheldreda is a more historically-accurate way of referring to her, but over time, her name was corrupted to Saint Audrey, which is where we get the name Audrey from. Incidentally, we also get the word "tawdry" from...

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St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin

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"Let humility be always at work, like the bee at the honeycomb, or all will be lost." Today there are two options for who we commemorate at the Mass: there is St. Teresa of Avila and Our Lady of Walsingham. Because Fr. Bell is commemorating Our Lady of Walsingham tonight, I took Teresa at our...

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St. Callistus, Bishop and Martyr

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Today we commemorate St. Callistus, Bishop and Martyr. He was one of the early bishops of Rome (217-222 AD), but an unlikely one. He had been a slave, and basically everything we know about him comes from the writings of St. Hippolytus, who wanted to be pope in Callistus’s place and wrote...

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St. Edward, King and Confessor

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Today is the feast of the Translation of St. Edward, King and Confessor. We've been on a kick of English saints, with Paulinus, Wilfrid, and now Edward. He lived from 1003 to 1066 and is the first Anglo-Saxon to have been canonized a saint (which happened a little less than a hundred years after...

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