Tagged: Feast Days

Feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica in Rome, the Mother Church of Catholicism. The Pope’s Cathedral is not St. Peter’s, but it is the Basilica of St. John Lateran. It is head and mother church of all churches in the world. Also called the Church of Holy Savior or the Church of St. John Baptist, it was...

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam. Lepanto, perhaps...

The Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael

Today is the feast of the Archangels: Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael. These three Archangels are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation. Michael Michael’s name means “Who is like God?” St. Michael’s name is mentioned four times in the Bible: twice in Daniel and once in both the Book of Revelation and the...

Seven Saint Quotes for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

September 14 is the Feast of Exaltation of the Holy Cross. This Feast is also called the Triumph of the Holy Cross, the Elevation of the Cross, Holy Cross Day, Holy Rood Day, and Roodmas. The Exaltation of the Holy Cross encompasses the fact that “the event of the Cross and Resurrection abides and draws everything toward life” (CCC 1085). Thus, every time we freely carry our...

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates her being taken up body and soul into heaven when her earthly life was finished. It first began to be celebrated as a feast day in the Eastern Church after the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus (431) proclaimed Mary the Mother of God. By the sixth century, the feast celebrated Mary’s Dormition, “her falling asleep”. The western church...

7 Quick Takes: Saints, Feasts, Books, and Prayer

1. August 4th is the feast of St. John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests. He is such a special saint and a dear friend to me that one post hardly seems enough to describe the many virtues of this holy man. He was a gentle, charitable, humble, faithful and obedient French country priest. John Vianney was born May 8, 1786 in the...

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

January 4th is the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a single woman, a wife, a mother, a widow, a lay woman and a religious Sister. She was the foundress of the first American Catholic parish school, the first American community of women religious (the Sisters of Charity), and the first American orphanage. This first native-born American saint was born on August 28, 1774 in...