The Missa Aurea

A glowing radiance surrounds the Mass of December 20th. During the Middle Ages, the Mass of the Missus Est — the first words of the...

20 December, O CLAVIS DAVID

To illustrate the antiphon O Clavis David, I chose Bartolomeo Bermejo’s magnificent painting of the Harrowing of Hell. It depicts the Risen Christ descending into...

He Will Be Silent in His Love

Did anyone else notice the discrepancy in today’s First Lesson between the Latin lectionary and the English lectionaries currently in use? The Latin text contained...

Quid ergo faciemus?

Third Sunday of Advent C Luke 3:10-18 Philippians 4:4-7 Isaiah 12:2-6 (Responsorial Psalm) Zephaniah 3:14-18 A Prophet All Ablaze Today’s gospel begins rather abruptly. John...

17 December, Third Sunday of Advent

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON GR Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand....