Dec 24; Eve of the Nativity in the Flesh of Our Lord, God and Saviour Jesus Christ – Christmas GREAT VESPERS AND DIVINE LITURGY OF ST. BASIL THE GREAT

One of the 12 Great Feasts. Holy Day of Obligation. Feast of our Lord. Great Vespers with Divine Liturgy of St. Basil is celebrated in the late afternoon or early evening on December 24. The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is celebrated in the morning on December 25. Holy Day of Obligation. GREAT VESPERS […]

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5 Advent- and Christmas-inspired cocktails to enjoy during the holiday season…

Before I get to the drinks to make this month, I want to briefly explain what I mentioned before: the art of Catholic drinking, or the method of drinking like a Catholic. Essentially, it means drinking with moderation, a balanced way of enjoying one’s time with friends, sometimes even in the state of mourning, but appreciating God’s gifts…

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Music for all time: Reflections on Beethoven, on his 250th birthday …

“This wasn’t written for you!” Beethoven once stormed at string players who complained that one of his quartets was impossible to play. “It was meant for a later age!” And so all Beethoven’s works are. They are, indeed, music for all time. Please enjoy this symposium on Ludwig van Beethoven, with contributions from our distinguished panel.

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Because of the pandemic, the Vatican will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, January 1 and Epiphany…

The Vatican’s liturgy congregation will permit priests to say up to four Masses on Christmas Day, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on Jan. 1, and Epiphany to accommodate more worshipers amid the pandemic. Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, signed a decree announcing the permission Dec. 16.

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