The Church Year: May 14, 2012

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion, Liturgical Year

Today is Monday of the 6th week of Easter. The liturgical color is red.

In the Extraordinary Form, the liturgical color for today is white.

In the Extraordinary Form, it is a rogation day.

 

Saints & Celebrations:

On May 14, in the Ordinary Form, we celebrate St. Matthias, apostle. It is a feast.

In the Extraordinary Form, we celebrate St. Boniface, martyred at Tarsus, who died in A.D. 307. It is a commemoration.

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

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

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

 

Readings:

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:

197. The Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God. Thus, “the Roman Pontiffs have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to the frequent recitation of this biblically inspired prayer which is centred on contemplation of the salvific events of Christ’s life, and their close association with the his Virgin Mother. The value and efficacy of this prayer have often been attested by saintly Bishops and those advanced in holiness of life.”

The Rosary is essentially a contemplative prayer, which requires “tranquillity of rhythm or even a mental lingering which encourages the faithful to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life.” Its use is expressly recommended in the formation and spiritual life of clerics and religious.

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