Our Liturgical Year

The Liturgy is the preeminent activity of the Church. In its broad sense, the Liturgy includes the whole scope of the public official service required of the faithful: the sacraments, prayers, and celebrations that connect us in a universal faith, as well as the prayers and celebrations that are particular to the distinct rites within the Catholic Church.

According to Sacrosanctum Concilium the liturgy,

“through which the work of our redemption is accomplished,” most of all in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, is the outstanding means whereby the faithful may express in their lives, and manifest to others, the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.

The liturgical year and the cycle of seasons and devotions that make it up guide us in forming and conforming our lives to that of Christ, and in becoming authentic witnesses to our faith.


Resources

Diocese of Arlington Liturgical Calendar

Liturgical Seasons

Advent
A time of solemn yet hopeful preparation for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ: both in his humble Nativity and when he comes in the fullness of glory at the end of time.

Christmas
A time to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord—Emmanuel, God-with-us!

Ordinary Time
A time to reflect on the extraordinary presence of Christ in the ordinary workings of our daily life.

Lent
A time of prayer and penance leading up to the somber commemoration of Christ’s passion and death.

Triduum
The three high holy days of the liturgical year, marking Christ’s institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, his Passion and death on the Cross, and concluding with his glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Easter
The feast of all feasts, Easter is a 50-day celebration of Christ’s victory over death.

Monthly Devotions


May
The Blessed Virgin Mary

Prayer

The Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; and His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his posterity forever.

Amen.

Spotlight on the Saints

May 3: Phillp and James, Apostles

May 10: Damien of Moloka’i

May 15: Isidore the Farmer

May 16: Simon Stock

May 22: Rita of Cascia

May 26: Philip Neri

May 30: Joan of Arc


Exercise in Virtue

Responsibility

Anyone, then, who knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, commits sin.

 -James 4:17

Meditation

Mary: Our Mother

“Find out for yourself by personal experience the meaning of Mary’s maternal love. It is not enough just to know that she is our Mother, and to think and talk about her as such. She is your Mother and you are her child. She loves you as if you were her only child in this world. Treat her accordingly. Tell her about every­thing that happens to you; honor her and love her. No one will do it for you or as well as you.” 

~ Saint Josemaría Escrivá,
“Mother of God and our Mother,” FG, 293


Food for Thought

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lost Poem to Mary

Here is an excerpt of a rediscovered poem that The Hobbit author composed in honor of Mary. Aleteia has more on the poem’s story, and the poem in its entirety.

Mary sang in this world below:
They heard her song arise
O’er mist and over mountain snow
To the walls of Paradise,
And the tongue of many bells was stirred
in Heaven’s towers to ring
When the voice of mortal maid was heard,
That was mother of Heaven’s King.

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