Month of the Passion
The month of February is traditionally dedicated to the Passion of Our Lord in anticipation of the liturgical season of Lent. In this month, we begin to meditate on the mystery of Jesus’ sufferings which culminated in his death on the Cross for the redemption of mankind. Saints who had a special devotion to Christ’s passion include St. Francis of Assisi, who was the first known saint to receive the stigmata; St. John of the Cross; St. Bridget of Sweden; and St. Catherine of Siena.
PRINCIPAL CELEBRATIONS OF THE LITURGICAL YEAR 2024
Ash Wednesday February 14, 2024
Easter Sunday March 31, 2024
The Ascension of the Lord [Thursday] May 9, 2024
Pentecost Sunday May 19, 2024
The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ June 2, 2024
First Sunday of Advent December 1, 2024 CYCLES —
LECTIONARY FOR MASS Sunday Cycle YEAR B December 3, 2023 to November 24, 2024
Weekday Cycle CYCLE II January 9 to February 13, 2024 May 20 to November 30, 2024
Sunday Cycle YEAR C December 1, 2024 to November 23, 2025
The cycles given above have been used in the preparation of this calendar. The readings from the Proper of Time and Proper of Saints have been used for all Solemnities and Feasts since they must take the place of the weekday readings for those respective days. The readings from the weekday cycle generally are to be used even on days on which a Memorial or Optional Memorial of a Saint occurs. The exceptions to this rule are the Memorials or Optional Memorials which have “proper readings” (usually only the Gospel) assigned to them in the Lectionary for Mass and which must be used on those days. Substitutions from the Commons or Proper of Saints may be made for the other readings suggested for those Memorials or Optional Memorials. The Priest Celebrant, however, should not omit “too often or without sufficient cause the readings assigned for each day in the weekday Lectionary” (Introduction to the Lectionary for Mass, no. 83). In this calendar, Optional Memorials are designated by the use of italics within brackets. The Scripture citations and Lectionary numbers for all readings are from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition (1998/2001), and the Lectionary for Mass Supplement (2017), which are based on the Ordo Lectionum Missæ, editio typica altera (1981), as emended. The spellings of the names of Saints and Blesseds are from the Roman Missal, Third Edition (2011), based on the Missale Romanum, editio typica tertia emendata (2008).
What is the Liturgy of the Hours?
“Seven times a day I praise you.” – Psalm 118(119):164
The Lord has commanded us to pray without ceasing, and this is what the Hours help us do.
Morning Prayer – at the start of the day’s work and the coming of the light.
Daytime Prayer – at mid-morning, noon and in the afternoon, to unite us with the one for whom and through whom we are working.
Evening Prayer – at the end of the day’s work, to offer up what we have done.
Night Prayer – last thing at night, to commend our souls to God.
And finally, there is the magnificent Office of Readings, at whatever time of day is best for us to reflect on the mystery of salvation, with the help of Scripture and the writings of the Fathers of the Church.
“The purpose of the Divine Office is to sanctify the day and all human activity.” – Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.
The Liturgy of the Hours is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church, with prayers, psalms and readings for each of the Hours, changing each day and through the seasons.
But such riches come at a price. With more than a thousand different Hours every year, the books are thick and using them is complex. So complex that it is rare to find anyone reciting the Hours apart from the clergy and religious. Which is not as it should be. This treasure is too marvellous to be the exclusive possession of our servants:
“The Office is… the prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God.” – Apostolic Constitution, Canticum Laudis.