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FRI-SAT-SUN      March 12-14, 1999      SECTION TWO       vol 10, no. 50

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Events this weekend in Church History

      Friday is the 1,395th anniversary of the death of one of the Church's greatest popes Pope Saint Gregory the Great who composed a new form of music that was named after him - Gregorian chant. Sadly it has been abandoned by many since Vatican II and the richness of the square notes is sorely missed. For other events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history this weekend, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 12:

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 13:

Historical Events in Church Annals for March 14:

"Be watchful. Pray ceaselessly, and I will help you. Heed my motherly heart's cries to her children."

      Those words come from the Blessed Virgin Mary in her 432nd Message to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart on the Feast of the Dedication of Sts. Peter and Paul Basilicas in Rome on November 18, 1993 in which Our Lady pleads for her children to watch and pray for the spiritual darkness grows thicker as she endeavors to prepare all for her Son's incarnation. She prefaces this in her 431st Message six days earlier alerting her little ones of the takeover by satan and the perils to come and again urges us to watch and pray lest we, too, become lost in the darkness and stumble into the abyss. For Messages #431 and 432, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 431 and 432

Message Four Hundred-thirty-one, November 12, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of Saint Josaphat)

Message Four Hundred-thirty-two, November 18, 1993

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart)
(Feast of the Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul)


     This weekend we observe the Lenten Liturgy Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT also known as LAETARE Sunday. For the readings, liturgy, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY FOR THE WEEKEND.

Friday, March 12, 1999

Saturday, March 13, 1999

SUNDAY, March 14, 1999

Monday, March 15, 1999


      Below is another increment of a special prayer for Fasting and Giving Alms from the USCC:

Blessed are You, Lord, God of all creation; You call us to set free the oppressed and to share our bread with the hungary.

     For the Lenten Way of the Cross, click on either the graphics Daily Way of the Cross or the text-only Daily Way of the Cross or the Meditative Lessons on the Way to Calvary


Daily Dose of curious contents of the Church

Laetare Sunday and the Golden Rose

    The Fourth Sunday in Lent is called Laetare Sunday; and the name is derived from the first word of the Introit or Entrance Song for the Mass of this day. Everything speaks of joy in the liturgy of this day, because on this day flowers are allowed on the altar and rose-colored vestments used by the celebrant. Also those candidates who are to receive baptism at Easter are enrolled and the Church prepares for the time of restoration of the public penitents. Today this is symbolic for public penance is no longer encouraged. On this day in Rome a golden rose is blessed by the Pope who, to soften the sadness of the days which are to come in the next three weeks, announces to the faithful the glory of the Resurrection, bearing a golden rose in his hand. The rose is used because it is the most beautiful among all the flowers. The rose is called "gold" for that is the most precious metal and the most proper to represent the glory of Jesus in His Resurrection. The rose is anointed with musk and balm; balm to preserve the body from corruption, expressing in the rose the immortality of the risen Savior; musk is the most odoriferous of the aromatics, thus a symbol of the fame of Christ which like a sweet odor is spread everywhere through the ministry of His apostles and their successors. This blessed rose is carried by a clerk who precedes the Pope, then is laid in the middle of the altar on a rich silken veil embroidered with gold. Afterwards, the Holy Father usually sends it to some important personage to honor him, or as a testimony of gratitude for the Church. (source: The Glories and Triumphs of the Catholic Church, Benziger Brothers Publishers)

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March 12-14, 1999 volume 10, no. 50   DAILY CATHOLIC