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Gesima Sundays

The three Sundays before Lent begin with Septuagesima, continue with Sexgesima, and conclude with Quinquagesima. They each put us in orbit around the theme of Easter. Septuagesima places us 70 days away from Easter, Sexagesima, 60, and Quinquagesima 50 days. … Continue reading

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Catechism XXXII ~ Thoughts for Eastertide

by St. Gregory of Nyssa What other objection is alleged by our adversaries? This; that (to take the preferable view2014) it was altogether needless that that transcendent Being should submit to the experience of death, but He might independently of … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Vision

In his Dialogues Pope St. Gregory the Great relates the story of St. Benedict seeing a remarkable vision. It follows upon his “forced” all-night meeting with his sister St. Scholastica. Benedict had been unwilling to grant Scholastica’s request to stay with … Continue reading

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Aelfric: the lives of the Saints

Aelfric of Eynsham Was a Benedictine Abbot of Eynsham in the tenth century (955 – 1010). He received his education and training in Christianity from St. Aethelwold the Bishop of Winchester. Aelfric is to a significant extent a product of … Continue reading

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Several times we have noticed that the patristic homilies encourage fasting. In a previous post, I have mentioned that the patristic authors, often themselves ascetics, enjoyed a very sparse diet. The Egyptian monks especially limiting themselves to bread and water … Continue reading

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Matins Readings in Trinitytide

Ordered Readings It will not have escaped the users of the Anglican Breviary that there is an order to the Scripture readings for Matins. The cycle of readings begins by following the cycle of the life, death, and resurrection of … Continue reading

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Paschal Foundation

It is often asserted that the Christian Faith is founded on two pillars: Trinity Incarnation On the face of it this assertion seems quite plausible. After all … The dogmas of Trinity and Incarnation seem to conveniently encapsulate the entirety … Continue reading

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