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Liturgy

Why do bishops have a special chair?

The "cathedra" that bishops sit on has a long and rich history in the Catholic Church.

Why fasting was previously forbidden on Thursdays in the Catholic Church

In the early Church every Thursday was a mandatory day of feasting, not fasting.

Sanguine, choleric, melancholic, or phlegmatic? Here’s your “Ember Day”!

According to St. John of Damascus, we fast four times a year to combat the weaker side of our temperaments.

The traditional pre-Lenten season begins with Septuagesima

For many centuries, Catholics celebrated a special penitential season with a specific spiritual focus.

Drive back violent storms with this powerful weather blessing

From the Roman Ritual, this prayer is often prayed with a relic of the holy cross in hand.

Here’s what to do with blessed candles

Often distributed on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, blessed candles are powerful spiritual additions to the home.

Pope Francis gave the Americas a first: the only altar of the continent dedicated by a pope

Oscar Romero, Rose of Lima, Martin de Porres, and JPII are the saints whose relics were embedded

Why the Baptism of the Lord is a “Christmas” feast

You may still see Christmas decorations in Catholic churches on this liturgical celebration.

The forgotten season of Epiphany

The days and weeks after Epiphany were traditionally their own season.

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