An Ancient Homily on Holy Saturday Reply

Today,  we accompany the Blessed Virgin Mother in her grief over the loss of her innocent son, as she looks back over his life and ponders all those treasures she held deeply in her heart. In turn, Mary accompanies us, and teaches us to reflect on and appreciate the graces our Lord won for us through his sacrifice on the cross.

In today’s Office of Readings from the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church meditates on a renowned Ancient Homily, whose anonymous author presents these great mysteries of our faith as a dialogue between Jesus Christ, who has descended to the dead, and Adam, who he calls forth to join him in paradise.

Here is a video that contains the entire homily accompanied by beautiful artworks to illustrate these sacred mysteries of our faith and the great gift that Jesus Christ won for us on this day. The full text of the homily is also included below. More…

Five Ways to Live the Liturgy through the Readings during Holy Week Reply

For me the most beautiful liturgical time of the year has always been Holy Week. Through the readings at daily Mass I can relive the unfolding drama of Christ’s Passion leading up to the climax of the Cross. Then after pondering those events in my heart outside the tomb on Holy Saturday, I awaken with deeper joy at the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Every year, although it’s the same story, I find myself accompanying Christ differently, depending on where I am in my own journey at the time, and how God speaks to me through the liturgy. I find he never stops speaking to me and revealing himself to me in different ways. This year, with the circumstances we’re living, I’m expecting Christ to reveal something great, More…

Hey Buddy, You Shouldn’t Be Carrying That Cross! 12

Good Friday 2011 was a day my life significantly changed.

I was a philosophy professor at a Catholic seminary in New York at the time, and like every year for the past almost 20 years, I had planned on “celebrating” Good Friday there at the seminary and taking part in the liturgical activities there. The Liturgy of the Hours sung in Latin was one of those things you could not experience anywhere else and I did not want to miss it. More…

Mission Youth Evangelization: Carrying the Cross in New York City 7

Good News!

That is what the New Evangelization is about and what Mission Youth missionaries did on the Streets of Manhattan on Good Friday.

Over 50 high school missionaries carried the cross from Central Park South, down Broadway, to Old St Patrick’s Basilica in Soho — More…

Living Stations of the Cross from the New York Holy Week Mission (Video) 5

Mission Youth carrying the cross through Times Square on Good Friday

Mission Youth carrying the cross through Times Square on Good Friday

This year’s Holy Week mission in New York City was the best yet.

I had the grace to join them this year, flying up from Atlanta on Wednesday to join in the action and help the group of Mission Youth Missionaries who participated in the Living Stations of the Cross. More…

Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit 2

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.

Christ’s Seventh Word From the Cross

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.

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Breaking: Triduum Newsflash — What’s a Triduum? 7

Live: Youth Missionaries Evangelizing the Citizens of Manhattan this weekend

Live: Youth Missionaries Evangelizing the Citizens of Manhattan this weekend

We interrupt Biltrix’s Broadcast of Christ’s 7 Last Words from the Cross with Breaking News from New York

James Stone and Fr Jason Smith reporting live from New York…
The Holy Triduum has begun! Missionary Youth have taken too the streets: Explaining the Catholic faith, inviting people to confession — scores of priests available! — handing out rosaries More…

It is Finished Reply

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill" -- Matthew 5:17

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill” — Matthew 5:17

Christ’s Sixth Word from the Cross

There was a vessel filled with common wine. So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

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