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Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Sunday after Ascension Thursday – What’s up?

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord, forty days after His Resurrection, was once graced with its own Octave.  In 1955 Pius XII suppressed all but the Octaves of Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.  These three remain now in the Roman Church’s Vetus Ordo.  However, the Octave of Ascension dated back only to the 15th…

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: 4th Sunday after Easter – Divine protection in the great eschatological trial

We now move into the next phase of the seven-week Easter Season.  The first stage looked back to the Resurrection and reflect upon the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist.  In this stage, which began last Sunday, we look forward to the Lord’s Ascension, the Spirit’s Descent and we consider the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Like last…

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…

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