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Infant Jesus of Prague Feast Day and Novena

“The more you honor me, the more I will bless you.” These are the words that Father Cyril of the Mother of God, O.C.D., a Carmelite priest, heard from a statue of the Infant Jesus in 1637. January 14th is a date of honor for the Infant Jesus.

The Manger Scene at Christmas

The annual celebration of Jesus’ birth in a manger at night in Bethlehem is commemorated with the display of the “manger scene” in churches, homes and yards across the world.

Isaiah’s Poetry of Advent

The Advent season of watching, waiting and hope starts on November 28, 2021. In the daily and Sunday Mass readings of Advent, we are greeted by the verse of one of the greatest ancient poets in the Book of Isaiah. The Prophet Isaiah’s poetry of hope tells of the coming of a Messiah who will…

St. Gertrude the Great

St. Gertrude the Great was a German abbess, a mystic and an early adherent to the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She had many writings which still resonate nearly 700 years later about her struggle to reconcile her humanness with her role as a bride of Christ. Her title “the Great” was conferred…

St. Jerome – Ascetic and Doctor of the Church

St. Jerome was a 4th century influencer whose writing, theological ideas and translation of the Bible into Latin (“the Vulgate”) continues to resonate today. His ascetic life had characteristics of St. John the Baptist – “I am ‘the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight the way of the Lord,”’” (John 1:23)…

Churchwonders – Blog Index

See a list of Blogs by Topic below. The posts cover a range of topics from church architecture to feast days of saints and the Blessed Mother; to prayers, as well as poetry composed by the Prophet Isaiah in 700 B.C. Use the index to quickly access a previously published Blog.

An Adventure Story – St. Raphael in the Book of Tobit

The Feast Day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is September 29th. The adventure story of the Angel Raphael is told in the Book of Tobit. Although called “Saints”, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are angels, rather than “saints” who have been seemingly around since the beginning of time. An angel is a…

St. Ludmila – Feast Day September 16

St. Ludmila is a favorite of people of Czech heritage and in-laws; and the patroness of Bohemia. She is the grandmother of the famed St. Wenceslaus and was instrumental in the spread of Christianity in Bohemia during her reign and that of her grandson.

Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 9 – Mary, Queen of Families

The Blessed Mother is invoked in the Litany of Loreto under fifty-three titles many of which were commemorated during the multitudes of 9-Day Novenas prayed across the world leading up to the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on September 8th. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto) is the only approved…

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