The Church Year: May 13, 2012

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion, Liturgical Year

Today is the 6th Sunday of Easter. The liturgical color is white.


Saints & Celebrations:

On May 13, in the Ordinary Form, we celebrate Our Lady of Fatima. It is an optional memorial.

In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Robert Bellarmine, SJ, bishop, confessor, and doctor of the Church, who died in A.D. 1621. It is a Class III day.

If you’d like to learn more about Our Lady of Fatima, you can click here.

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

We continue our series on the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to the Holy See’s Directory on Popular Piety:

196. By disposition of Benedict XIV (2 April 1742), the Angelus is replaced with the antiphon Regina Coeli during paschaltide. This antiphon, probably dating from the tenth or eleventh century, happily conjoins the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word (quem meruisti portare) with the Paschal event (resurrexit sicut dixit). The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord’s humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah (Ave, gratia plena).

As with the Angelus, the recitation of the Regina Coeli could sometimes take a solemn form by singing the antiphon and proclaiming the Gospel of the resurrection.

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