The Church Year: Mar. 21, 2012

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion, Liturgical Year

Today is Wednesday of the 4th week of Lent. The liturgical color is violet.


Saints & Celebrations:

On March 21, there is no special fixed liturgical day in the Ordinary Form.

In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Benedict, abbot and founder of the Benedictines, who died in A.D. 543. It is a Class III day.

If you’d like to learn more about St. Benedict, 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:

71. In the light of the nature and of the characteristics proper to Christian worship, pious exercises, clearly must conform to the doctrine, legal discipline and norms of the Church. Moreover, they should be in harmony with the Sacred Liturgy, take into account the seasons of the liturgical calendar, in so far as possible, and encourage “conscious active participation in the prayer of the Church.”

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