July 20, 2018

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Mary and Joseph: the model married couple

Holy Couple

If Jesus, Mary and Joseph are the Holy Family, then Mary and Joseph are the Holy Couple, and if the Holy Family serves as the model for Christian families, then Mary and Joseph serve as the model for Christian couples that are living the Sacrament of Marriage.

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July 18, 2018

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity – Day 1

For all priests, bishops, cardinals, and our Holy Father

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July 16, 2018

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Novena for a Rebirth of Chastity and Purity July 18-26

Join the Marriage, Family and Life Office in praying a novena for chastity and purity in the world.

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July 10, 2018

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The Unity Candle

The Unity Candle

The Unity Candle is a three-candle display, all white in color, one larger pillar candle in the center, flanked by two smaller taper candles, one on each side. Ordinarily they are placed on a Unity Candle stand or a table draped with a cloth. The display is never placed on the altar. The placement may be somewhere in the sanctuary that does not obstruct the view of the altar, pulpit, presider’s chair, or the couple, or may be placed outside but near the sanctuary.

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July 2, 2018

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The Wedding Rings

Wedding Rings

A Symbol of the Sacrament of Marriage

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June 22, 2018

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John and Jesus: Remarkable Similarities

St. John the Baptist

The birth of St. John the Baptist features the one who is the precursor, the forerunner, the one who foretold the coming of Jesus, went ahead of him, prepared his way, pointed him out when he came, and proclaimed him to be the Son of God. The birth of John set the stage for the birth of Jesus, and the two of them have much in common.

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June 22, 2018

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The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

St. John the Baptist

The birth of St. John the Baptist is one of only three births celebrated on the liturgical calendar. The birth of Jesus is celebrated on December 25; the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, is September 8; and the birth of St. John the Baptist, the prophet who announced the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, is June 24. It ranks as a solemnity.

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June 15, 2018

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St. Romuald, Abbot

St. Romuald

St. Romuald was born in Ravenna, Italy, in 950, into the aristocratic Onesti family. When he was twenty, he witnessed his father Sergius kill another man in a duel, and deeply disturbed by what he had seen, fled to the nearby Benedictine monastery of San Apollinare at Classe where he became a monk to make expiation for his father’s sin.

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