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Diebus Saltem Dominicis: 3rd Sunday after Easter – The Lord’s Ever-present Absence

You know how I like to bang on and on about context.  This Sunday, the 3rd after Easter in the traditional reckoning (the 4th of Easter in the Novus Ordo calendar), we shift to a new phase in the seven Sunday Season of Easter.  The first Sundays looked back to Easter and its main themes…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Octave of Easter – Forearmed is forewarned

“Happy Easter”, we still say 7-day week afterward because, liturgically speaking, it has still been Easter Sunday during this Octave.  A liturgical Octave is an eight-day arc that vibrates in anticipation of the “eighth day” of eternal rest beyond the 7-day cycle of creation.  We stop the liturgical clock so that we can rest in…

Saltem Diebus Dominicis: 1st Passion Sunday – “From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord!”

We lose things during Lent.  We are being pruned through sacred liturgical worship. Holy Church experiences liturgical death before the feast of the Resurrection.   Music and flowers go first on Ash Wednesday, along with the word Alleluia.  Today, statues and images are draped in purple.  That is why today is sometimes called Repus Sunday, from…

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