The Nativity of the Lord

In reading the scriptures and prayers for the Christmas midnight mass I couldn’t help but be captured by the responsory which we sing together: “Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.” These words are adapted from the Gospel of Luke, where the angel announces to the shepherds tending their herds outside of Bethlehem: “Today […]

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4th Sunday of Advent

One of the traditions I look forward to most during the hope-filled Advent season is the singing of the “O antiphons.”  These are special musical antiphons sung to introduce and conclude the Magnificat in the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours each evening from December 17th through December 23rd.  Each O antiphon is drawn from a […]

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2nd Sunday of Advent

Today’s scriptures present a beautiful illustration of how we believe that the promises of the Old Testament are brought to fulfillment in the New, in the person of Jesus Christ. The figure who announces and hastens this blossoming of prophecy into reality is John the Baptist, who has long been regarded as a bridge figure […]

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32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Lectionary 155 The poor and the defenseless are at the heart of the Church’s scripture readings this Sunday, with Elijah the prophet encountering the impoverished widow of Zarephath, the Psalmist singing the praises of the Lord who is close to the downtrodden, and Jesus himself upholding the poor widow visiting the Temple as the model […]

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Stained Glass: Basilica Remembrance

Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., stained glass artist, has been making a limited quantity of stained glass crosses from the old clerestory windows of the Archabbey Basilica. The windows were installed over 100 years ago. A new stained glass square, approximately eight inches in dimension, continues to provide the faithful with a token from the Basilica […]

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