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This feast commemorates the office of supreme pastor conferred by Christ upon St. Peter and continued in unbroken succession to the present. ~ from the Proper of Saints, Daily Roman Missal
–“He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter said in reply, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father. And […]
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Originally celebrated in the Eastern Churches as “The Meeting of the Lord.” Also known as the Purification of Mary, and Candlemas Day, this feast concludes the celebration of the Nativity. By the offerings of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, and the prophecy of St. Simeon, the life of Christ now begins to point toward his Resurrection.
–“The presentation of Jesus in the temple shows him to be the firstborn Son who belongs to the Lord… Jesus is recognized as the long-expected Messiah, the ‘light to the nations’ and the ‘glory of Israel.’” (CCC 529). –“… for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all […]
Celebrated together, these two saints were close companions and disciples of St. Paul. Timothy was a convert of Paul, joining him in his apostolic work. According to ancient tradition, St. Timothy tried to halt a pagan festival by preaching the Gospel, when an angry mob beat him to death. St. Titus was known as an effective negotiator; he was sent by St. Paul to help organize a new Church.
*The Epistles of Paul give insight into the trusted friendship he had for disciples Timothy and Titus. –“I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may be cheered by news of you. I have no one like him, who will be genuinely anxious for your welfare. They all […]
“Keep steady my steps according to thy promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.” (Psalm 119:133) ~ Didache Bible
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:10-11)
~ Karlskirche in Vienna, Tetragrammaton high above the main altar, transliterated as YHWH Note: The feast of “The Most Holy Name of Jesus,” which is ordinarily celebrated on January 3, is superseded by the Solemnity, “The Epiphany of the Lord.”
The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the World. This great feast celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the magi from the East. In the magi, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation.
The brightness of God illuminated the holy city Jerusalem, and the nations will walk by its light. (Communion Antiphon – Cf. Rev 21:23, Daily Roman Missal)
St. Stephen was the first Christian martyr and one of the seven deacons who helped the Apostles. He died praying for his executioners; showing his perfect imitation of Christ even unto death. His name is included in the Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer I).
And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” (Acts 7:59-60) ~ from the Didache Bible
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