The Christmas Celebration Continues... Our celebration of Christmas continues through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, this year observed on Monday, January 9. During these days, the liturgy enfolds for us various aspects and truths of the mystery of the Lord's Incarnation and Nativity. There are also Memorials that are celebrated within this period:
Monday, January 2 These Bishops and Doctors of the Church lived in Asia Minor during the 4th century. Basil was a great foe of Arianism, a heresy that denied the divinity of Christ. Gregory was a scholar of Sacred Scriptures and was an outstanding preacher.
SS Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
Tuesday, January 3 This is a memorial that was restored to the Roman Calendar in 2002. It is meant to focus our attention on the sacred nature and power of the name of our Savior. Devotion to the name of Jesus was promoted by St. Bernadine of Siena.
The Most Holy Name of Jesus
Wednesday, January 4 Born in New York City in 1774 of a prominent Episcopalian family, Elizabeth married William Seton and reared five children. Her conversion to Catholicism following the death of her husband caused many of her family and friends to snub her. She founded a Catholic School in Baltimore and established a religious community in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She died on this day in 1821.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thursday, January 5 A native of Bohemia, John Neumann came to the US with a desire to exercise his priestly ministry in the missions. He entered the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists) and after laboring in various parts of the country was appointed Bishop of Philadelphia, where he established schools and numerous parishes with particular care for immigrants. He also established the custom of the 40 hours devotion. He died in 1860.
St. John Neumann
Friday, January 6 A Brother of the Holy Cross, André became known as the Miracle Man of Montreal, where he founded the Oratory of St. Joseph. He was beloved for his special care of the sick and poor.
St. André Bessette
Sunday, January 8 This feast celebrates the Lord's manifestation (epiphany) to the Gentile World in the persons of the Magi. The account is found in Matthew 2: 1–12. Tradition gives the Magi, or Wise Men, the names of Caspar, Balthazar, and Melchior.
The Epiphany of the Lord