Category: Liturgical Texts

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

August 20th is the feast of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor of the Church. This particular depiction of the “amplexus” or embrace of...

Zelo zelatus sum

Introit With zeal have I been zealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant: they have destroyed...

Solomon and Christ

Liturgical Notes: Seventh Sunday after Pentecost Seven Gifts Today is designated the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost; seven is, of course,  a mystic number in both...

The Joy of Innocence

Sexual Exploitation, Then and Now The young Italian prince Luigi Gonzaga preserved his innocence in a milieu where boys were often the victims of sexual...

Ut Dominus illuminaret

First Vespers of Quinquagesima Sunday I was profoundly struck this evening by the antiphons and psalmody of First Vespers of Quinquagesima Sunday. Every antiphon —...