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What about an Ordinary Time resolution this year?

The green vestments don't mean we should veg out, but rather get to work planting and weeding and GROWING.

Why is First Communion typically celebrated in April or May?

The tradition of children receiving holy communion during this time of year is a recent development in the Roman Rite.

Where does the expression “peace be with you” come from?

Spoiler alert: Its heritage is not exclusively Christian.

What is the Octave of Easter?

Easter Sunday and the following seven days present a special time to bask in the glory of the resurrection.

Why Eastern Christians call the days after Easter “Bright Week”

And why in some places it is called "White Week."

Why Holy Saturday has always been a day of prayer and silence

Very few public liturgies would ever take place before the Easter Vigil, marking the church with a deep silence.

What is the Chrism Mass and why is it important?

This Mass celebrated at the cathedral is an important liturgy in the life of the local church.

How did the early Christians celebrate the final days of Holy Week?

The Sacred Triduum has changed very little over the centuries.

How old is Palm Sunday?

The blessings and processions of palms go back deep into early Christianity.

Did you know Mass readings in the early Church were almost always as long as Palm Sunday?

The bishop was in charge of how long the readings were, which could have meant very long Sunday Masses!

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