St. Anthony’s Brief

Ecce Crucem Domini Fugite partes adversae,  Vici Leo do Tribe Juda, Radix David, Alleluia This is one of my favorite prayers.  I say it multiple times a day.  In fact, I just went around my home spraying Epiphany water while saying this prayer.  A wonderful priest introduced our family to …

Prayer for Taking Down Christmas Decorations & Candlemas

Traditionally, as Catholics, we celebrate Christmas from Christmas day,…meaning midnight, hence Midnight Mass…until February 2, Candlemas, The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If you are around my age, your parents celebrated Christmas this way as an essential part of their lives.  I remember my grandmother, every year around Thanksgiving …

Santa Lucia

Saint Lucy   December 13, 304 Tradition tells us that Saint Lucy was born of noble, wealthy, Christian parents in Syracuse, Italy. Lucy had few memories of her father, for he died when Lucy was an infant. As a young girl, Lucy took a secret vow to consecrate her virginity …

Saint Lucy’s Wheat

  The tradition of planting wheat on Saint Lucy’s Day (December 13) comes from Hungary, Croatia, and other European nations. Plant wheat grains in a round dish or plate of soil, then water the seeds. Place the container in a warm spot. If the planting medium is kept moist (not …