Lent

Lent

Lent is a penitential season that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends Holy Saturday Eve. It is 40 days (minus Sundays) and is a time to fast and pray as Jesus did in His 40 days in the wilderness. It is a time to repent of our sins, add new godly disciplines and increase...
Genuflection

Genuflection

It is customary to genuflect or bow at the waist when you approach the Blessed Sacrament, which is the Body and Blood of Christ veiled in the Bread and Wine. This is done as a sign of respect. This practice pays homage to the verse in Philippians that tells us that at...
The Simple Bow

The Simple Bow

A simple bow is a bowing of the head, whereas a solemn bow is bowing at the waist. Both are a universal signs of honor and respect. It is an old custom to make a simple bow at the Name of Jesus when you are standing. This pays homage to the Verse in Philippians that...
The Magi and the Gifts They Brought Jesus

The Magi and the Gifts They Brought Jesus

We actually do not know how many magi there were. Tradition speaks of three only because of the three gifts mentioned in Holy Scripture. The gifts are significant. Gold was a symbol of Christ’s royalty. Recall that they asked Herod about the birth of the new King....
Carols

Carols

Why so we continue to sing Christmas carols after Christmas Day? We do so because Christmas is not just a day, it is a season. It last 12 days (as in 5 golden rings) from the Feast of the Nativity (Dec 25) to the Feast of the Epiphany (Jan 6) which celebrates the...
A Time for Christmas Hymns

A Time for Christmas Hymns

Why aren’t we singing Christmas hymns yet? Because it is not Christmas! Advent is a season to prepare our hearts for His coming. In ancient times it was a time of fasting and prayer (probably because they did not have the Macy’s Day parade). Christmas is a season that...
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