An Advent Wreath is composed of a circular wreath with four candles which are placed an equal distance apart. Normally the wreath is decorated with evergreen branches, but in the interest of fire safety, it has become increasingly common to use artificial greens. The Advent Wreath normally is placed in a prominent location in church, often in the sanctuary, but never in a location that would obstruct the view of the altar, lectern, or presider’s chair. At home the two most common locations are the center of the dinner table or on a table in the family room.
November 24, 2015
The best thing that happened on my bow hunt Sunday morning took place after I climbed down from my stand at 11:15 at Mr. Snowman’s Christmas Tree Farm near Prescott, Wisconsin. I had seen five deer but failed to get a shot opportunity. Would have been nice to draw my bow, which I haven’t done […]
November 22, 2015
The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, is celebrated on the Thirty-Fourth and last Sunday of Ordinary Time. It is the grand, glorious, and triumphant conclusion to the Church liturgical year.
November 10, 2015
Pope Leo I is also known as Pope Leo the Great. The date of his birth is unknown, and the place uncertain, possibly in Rome. The first historical information available about his life is that he was a highly regarded deacon who served under two Popes, Celestine I and Sixtus III.
October 29, 2015
November 1 is the Solemnity of All Saints, not “All Angels” nor “All Saints and Angels.” In fact, the Archangels have a separate feast day on September 29 and the Guardian Angels on October 2. If the saints and angels are both together in heaven gathered around God’s throne forever singing God’s praises, are they the same or different?
October 23, 2015
St. John of Capistrano is well known in the United States as San Juan Capistrano, his Spanish name, which is also the name for one of the most popular California missions, the seventh mission founded by St. Junipero Serra in 1776. Father Serra, a Franciscan himself, named a number of the California missions after Franciscan saints for whom he had a special devotion.
October 16, 2015
St. Ignatius was from Antioch, the capital city of the Roman province of Syria. Little is known about the first part of his life. He was born around the year 35 AD, probably to pagan parents, and he later converted to Christianity. He may have been a disciple of St. John the Evangelist.