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Liturgy

Flowers have an important role at Mass

The use of flowers contains multiple levels of spiritual symbolism that should not be forgotten.

The spiritual symbolism of stone altars

Stone altars have a rich history in the Catholic Church, one that has multiple levels of symbolism.

Why do priests drop a piece of host into the chalice?

The symbolism of this act recalls the unity of the Church and the spiritual connection between each celebration.

Why green is used during Ordinary Time

Green is a color that naturally reminds us of hope and growth.

When is the 1st Sunday in Ordinary Time?

Trick question, there isn't one! Here's why.

Why priests could wear rose on the Holy Innocents’ octave day

An old liturgical rule allowed rose on a feast that is mixed with joy and sadness.

Why is December 27 the feast of St. John the Evangelist?

The placement of St. John near Christmas Day was intentional and has much symbolism.

Christmas: When light conquers the darkness

The natural world and theology unite to amplify the symbolism behind Christ's birth.

Antiphon House: A unique Advent calendar inspired by the liturgy

Count down the last 8 days before Christmas with this Advent calendar based on the "O Antiphons."

The profound symbolism of violet and rose in Advent

Even blue and red, the colors that make violet, have spiritual symbolism!

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