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Psalm 43

"Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God."...

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The Stripping Of The Altar On Maundy Thursday

On Maundy (Holy) Thursday the Mass is concluded with the ceremony of the Stripping Of The Altar. Why is this done? The Stripping of the altar, the removing all ornaments, linens, and paraments, is an ancient custom of the Roman rite done on Maundy Thursday. It is symbolic of the humiliation of Jesus at the hands of the soldiers. After the Last Supper, less that twenty-four...

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Daily Confession Of Sin

Here is a wonderful prayer that we would do well to pray often, believing that for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ, and his redeeming death on the cross, that God does indeed pardon every sin. And that he, further, strengthens and guides us to walk in his ways each day....

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Septuagesima Sunday

The Gradual for Septuagesima Sunday gives us much needed peace of mind, and comfort. As the church begins her "countdown" to Easter, her highest and holiest Day, she proclaims aloud, with much faith and great hope: The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not fo...

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On The Passover by: Melito Bishop of Sardis

Melito of Sardis (Greek: Μελίτων Σάρδεων Melíton Sárdeon) (died c. 180) was the bishop of Sardis near Smyrna in western Anatolia, and a great authority in early Christianity. Melito held a foremost place in terms of Bishops in Asia due to his personal influence on Christianity and his literary works, most of which have been lost but of what has been recover...

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Logical Fallacies

As Joe Gargary says to Pip in Great Expectations, “…lies is lies." ...

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Maker of Heaven and Earth

Please see this outstanding lecture by Cyril of Jerusalem, written in the mid to late 300's on the words from our Creed, "Maker of Heaven and Earth, and of all things visible and invisible." Not only is it spirituallyl uplifting, but it serves to counter the vapid notions of evolution with which we are inundated; and which serve to destroy faith in Christ, Christian hope, ...

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St. Ambrose on the Lord's Supper

This writing is from De Sacramentis, written of St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan in the last quarter of the 4th century.He is considered one of the greatest doctors of the church. You can read more about him here. This particular chapter is concerning the Holy Eucharist as it was taught to catechumens preparing for baptism. What a wonderful way these early church Fathers had o...

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Psalm 85

The 85th Psalm, assigned for Advent 3, is filled with Christiancomfort, remission for our sins, and the promise that God will displayhis divine favor in our lives. Verses 10ff remind us that we arehemmed in on all sides by the Lord's own love, faithfulness,righteousness, peace, goodness and increase. All of this comes truefor us by the Lord's incarnation at Christmas to be...

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Cyril of Jerusalem - The Greatness of God

Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 354 A.D. On The Greatness of God.To read more go to http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/310106.htm 1. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2Corinthians 1:3 Blessed also be His Only-begotten Son. For with thethought of God let the thought of Father at once be joined, that theascription of glory to the Father and the Son may be ma...

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