The Church Year: Mar. 12, 2012

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion, Liturgical Year

Today is Monday of the 3rd week of Lent. The liturgical color is violet.


Saints & Celebrations:

On March 12, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Gregory the Great (Gregory I), OSB, pope, confessor, and doctor of the Church, who died in A.D. 604. It is a Class III day.

If you’d like to learn more about St. Gregory, you can click here.

For information about other saints, blesseds, and feasts celebrated today, you can click here.



To see today’s readings in the Ordinary Form, you can click here.

Or you can click play to listen to them:


Devotional Information:

According to the Holy See’s Directory on Popular Piety:

68. Pope John Paul II has shown how the family can be a subject of popular piety. The exhortation Familiaris Consortio, having praised the family as the domestic sanctuary of the Church, emphasizes that “as preparation for worship celebrated in church, and as its prolongation in the home, the Christian family makes use of prayer, which presents a variety of forms. While this variety testifies to the extraordinary riches with which the Spirit vivifies Christian prayer, it serves also the various needs and life situations of those who turn to the Lord in prayer.” It also observes that “apart from morning and evening prayers, certain prayers are to be expressly encouraged,[…] such as reading and meditating on the word of God, preparation for the reception of the sacraments, devotion and consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the various forms of the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, grace before and after meals, and observance of popular devotions.”

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