Monday, January 14, 2008

The day after January 13th (The Commemoration of the Baptism of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in 2008 falls on Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Family) begins:
III. SEASON AFTER EPIPHANY (from January 14 to Septuagesima Sunday).

"This period, which begins the day after the Octave of Epiphany (a.k.a. Baptism of Our Lord – TPC), is an extension of Christmastide. Jesus asserts His Divinity - not by the appearance of angels or the Star of the Magi, but speaking Himself as God. He subjects our hearts to His teachings, explaining His Divine doctrine with parables and manifesting the truth of His words and works by many miracles.
At the time of our Lord, Palestine contained four provinces: Peraea, Judea, Samaria, and Galilee. It was in the province of Galilee that the miracles and preaching of Jesus took place.
At Cana, He changed water into wine - His first miracle - at the request of His mother. At Nazareth, He preached His doctrine - and 'all wondered at these things that proceeded from the mouth of God,' says the Communion of the fourth, fifth, and sixth Sundays after Epiphany with the words of Luke. In Galilee, a word from our Lord cleansed the leper. From the shore of the Lake of Genesareth, He miraculously stilled the storm. All these miracles He performed to show His Apostles that He was God.
The Christmas cycle has a fixed character, and the Feasts of the Nativity and Epiphany always fall on December 25 and January 6."

Monday, 14 January 2008
ST. HILARY, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (III)
“The Bishop of Poitiers was one of the most able and eloquent opponents of Arianism. Therefore he was exiled by the heretical emperor. He died A.D. 368.”
St. Felix of Nola, Priest, Martyr (Comm.)
“Born at Nola, he bears the title of Martyr although he survived the most cruel torments. He died A.D. 312.”

Collect: Grant, we beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the example of Thy Saints may stir us up to a better life, so that we may imitate the good deeds of those whose festivals we celebrate. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end.
Epistle: From the Second Letter of Bl. Paul the Apostle to Timothy, 4:1-8
Gospel: Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, 5:13-19.

[1] Remarks are abstracted from The Daily Missal and Liturgical Manual, from Editio Typica of the Roman Missal and Breviary, 1962
(Baronius Press Limited, London, 2004, in conjunction with the Fraternal Society of St. Peter,

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