Why is Christmas in December?

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The near universal celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, or Christmas, on December 25th dates to the early 4th century. Now, we have all heard the allegation: the date, December 25th, was settled on by the early Catholic Church to counter (or rather eclipse) the birthday celebration of the pagan “Invincible Sun” god, or […]

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St. Jude Shrine Christmas Novena

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

“We are a ‘touchy’ people, Father… we like to touch.” Dear friends of St. Jude, I was invited for this past St. Jude feast by the devotees of St. Jude in Tucumán, Argentina, to come and give a novena with some of our relics of St. Jude, while Fr. James Moore, OP, my predecessor, was […]

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Double Take: Two Masses in Two Days

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This year, since Christmas falls on a Monday, many people are asking, “If I only go to a Christmas Vigil Mass on Sunday, December 24, have I also fulfilled my Sunday obligation?” The simple answer is: no. For Catholics, going to Mass on Sunday is absolutely necessary for our spiritual health. As we read in […]

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We Saw A Star Rising

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

While the Christmas creche is often attributed to Saint Francis, credited with making the first living nativity scene in Italy, the Feast of the Epiphany is a day associated with the Order of Preachers. Not only do we celebrate the revelation of Christ to all the nations (the mission of every Dominican), but in “The […]

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Why Christmas is December 25th

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The near universal celebration of Christmas on December 25 dates to the early fourth century. It is commonly said that this date was chosen to counter the birthday of the pagan “Invincible Sun” on that date. Personally, I do not find that explanation very convincing. Saint Hippolytus of Rome’s Commentary on Daniel 4:23 (dated A.D. […]

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Christmas Concert

Monday, December 14, 2015

The Schola Cantorum of St. Albert’s Priory and the Women’s Antique Vocal Ensemble will present their annual Christmas Concert on December 19 at 8pm. The performance includes music from Worcester Medieval Harmony, Piae Cantiones, Cancionero de Uppsala, Guerrero, Morales, Byrd, Hasse, Palestrina, and Lassus. In commemoration of the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers, Dominican […]

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