Thank you to all who gave us your wonderful input a few months ago in sharing what you were looking for in a truly Catholic Christmas Card. We are excited to announce that we now have in stock two sets of Catholic Christmas Cards featuring antique Catholic Holy Cards, many of them over 100 year's old.
Perhaps you struggle like our family in finding a Christmas Card that is really about the true meaning of the Season, you end up buying something with the Three Wise Men, when really it doesn't feature our Dear Lord and His Blessed Mother, or you resign yourself to a card of the Holy Family that is way off in the distance. You hope and pray there will be a card with a true Catholic meaning to it, to share the love of this special Holy day. We hope that these cards will be just that, with truly Catholic Art work, holy cards - known to be Catholic art for the people - artwork one can contemplate and imagine themselves as there with our Divine Lord whom gave us such a great gift on such a Holy Night! The greetings for many of these cards come from the wonderful writings of Dom Gueranger, also some from the wonderful book Catholic Life and also from the most Holy Bible, the Word of God. They are fitting to the artwork in that they will also have the reader not just meditating on the lovely art of times past but also contemplating each word and its meaning inside and out.
In addition to the antique art and Catholic greetings each box set comes with matching, and free, typeable PDF stationary. One can easily insert their Christmas Letter and hit print to have matching beautiful artwork along with their truly unique Catholic Christmas card. These cards are large enough for a Christmas letter as well as the average size photo so that you can include all these things to send to your family, friends and loved ones. To view more details and purchase your traditional and truly Catholic Christmas Cards please visit All The Saint's Books!
Also we are giving away a box of 12 cards (your choice of the blue or red set) below, we are so excited to share the true meaning of Christmas and provide these truly unique and Catholic cards! May God bless your upcoming holy-day seasons!!!
"Let us enter into the spirit of the Church, and prepare
ourselves, in all the joy of our hearts, to meet the Saviour
who is coming to us. Let us observe with strictness the fast
which is prescribed; it will enable our bodies to
aid in the promptness of our spirit."
Liturgical Year - Advent Volume
By: Dom Gueranger Imprimatur 1927
'AT length,' says St. Peter Damian, in his sermon for this holy eve, 'at length we have come from the stormy sea into the tranquil port; hiterto it was the promise, now it is the prize; hitherto labour, now rest; hitherto despair, now hope; hitherto the way, now our home. The heralds of the divine promise came to us; but they gave us nothing but rich promises. Hence our psalmist himself grew wearied and slept, and, with a seemingly reproachful tone, thus sings his lamentation to God: "But Thou has rejected and despised us; Thou hast deferred the coming of Thy Christ." (Ps. lxxxviii.) At another time he assumes a tone of command and thus prays: "O Thou that sittest upon the Cherubim, show Thyself!" ( Ibid. lxxix.) Seated on Thy high throne, with myriads of adoring angels around Thee, look down upon the children of men, who are victims of that sin, which was committed indeed by Adam, but permitted by Thy justice. Remember what my substance is; (Ibid. lxxxviii) Thou didst make it to the likeness of Thine own; for though every living man is vanity, yet inasmuch as he is made to Thy image, he is not a passing vanity. (Ibid. xxxviii.) Bend Thy heavens and come down, and turn the eyes of Thy mercy upon us Thy miserable suppliants, and forget us not unto the end!
'Isaias, also, in the vehemence of his desire, thus spoke: "For Sion's sake I will not hold my peace, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest, till her Just One come forth as brightness. Oh! that thou wouldst rend the heavens, and wouldst come down!" So, too, all the prophets, tired of the long delay of the coming, have prayed to Thee, now with supplications, now with lamentation, and now with cries of impatience. We have listened to these their prayers; we have made use of them as our own, and now, nothing can give us joy or gladness, till our Saviour come to us, and, kissing us with the kiss of His lips, say to us: "I have heard and granted your prayers."
'But, what is this that has been said to us: ready; for on the morrow the Lord will come down"? We are, then, but one half day and night from the grand visit, the admirable birth of the Infant God! Hurry on your course, ye fleeting hours, that we may the sooner see the Son of God in birth. You, brethren, ware the children of Israel, that are sanctified, and cleansed from every defilement of soul and body, ready, by your earnest devotion, for to morrow's mysteries. Such, indeed, you are, if I may judge from the manner in which you have spent these sacred days of preparation for the coming of your Saviour.
'But if, notwithstanding all your care, some drops of the stream of this life's frailties are still on your hearts, wipe them away and cover them with the snow-white robe of confession. This I can promise you from the mercy of the divine Infant: he that shall confess his sins and be sorry for them, shall have born within him the Light of the world; the darkness that deceived him shall be dispelled; and he shall enjoy the brightness of the true Light. For how can mercy be denied to the miserable this night, in which the merciful and compassionate Lord is so mercifully born? Therefore, drive away from you all haughty looks, and idle words, and unjust works; let your loins be girt, and your feet walk in the right paths; and then come, and accuse the Lord, if this night He rend not the heavens, and come down to you, and throw all your sins into the depths of the sea.'
This holy eve is, indeed, a day of grace and hope, and we ought to spend it in spiritual joy. The Church, contrary to her general practice, prescribes that, if Christmas Eve fall on a Sunday, the fasting alone shall be anticipated on the Saturday; but that the Office and Mass of the vigil should take precedence of the Office and Mass of the fourth Sunday of Advent. How solemn, then, in the yes of the Church, are these few hours, which separate us from the great feast! On all other feasts, no matter how great they may be, the solemnity begins with first Vespers, and until then the Church restrains her joy, and celebrates the Divine Office and Sacrifice according to the lenten rite. Christmas, on the contrary, seems to begin with the vigil; and one would suppose that this morning's Lauds were the opening of the feast; for the solemn intonation of this portion of the Office is that of a double, and the antiphons are sung before and after each psalm or canticle. The purple vestments are used at the Mass, but all the genuflexions peculiar to the Advent ferias are omitted; and only one Collect is said, instead of the three usually said when the Mass is not that of a solemnity.
Let us enter into the spirit of the Church, and prepare ourselves, in all the joy of our hearts, to meet the Saviour who is coming to us. Let us observe with strictness the fast which is prescribed; it will enable our bodies to aid in the promptness of our spirit. Let us delight in the thought that, before we again lie down to rest, we shall have seen Him born, in the solemn midnight, who comes to give light to every creature. For surely it is the duty of every faithful child of the Catholic Church to celebrate with her this happy night, when, in spite of all the coldness of devotion, the whole universe keeps up its watch for the arrival of its Saviour. It is one of the last vestiges of the piety of ancient days, and God forbid it should ever be effaced!
Find 100's of fasting recipes here and read last years Christmas Eve planning post here. May you and yours have a most holy night in the celebration of our Infant Saviour whom is almost here! May He shine His light bright upon us all!
December 23.—ST. SERVULUS. Lives of the Saints
, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. 1894
SERVULUS was a beggar, and had been so afflicted with palsy from his infancy that he was never able to stand, sit upright, lift his hand to his mouth, or turn himself from one side to another. His mother and brother carried him into the porch of St. Clement's Church at Rome, where he lived on the alms of those that passed by. He used to entreat devout persons to read the Holy Scriptures to him, which he heard with such attention as to learn them by heart. His time he consecrated by assiduously singing hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God. After several years thus spent, his distemper having seized his vitals, he felt his end was drawing nigh. In his last moments he desired the poor and pilgrims, who had often shared in his charity, to sing sacred hymns and psalms for him. While he joined his voice with theirs, he on a sudden cried out: "Silence! do you not hear the sweet melody and praise which resound in the heavens?" Soon after he spoke these words he expired, and his soul was carried by angels into everlasting bliss, about the year 590. Reflection
.—The whole behaviour of this poor sick beggar loudly condemns those who, when blessed with good health and a plentiful fortune, neither do good works nor suffer the least cross with tolerable patience.This Weeks Feria Friday Recipes with a Christmas Eve twist!1.) Polish Christmas Eve Dinner Traditions/Recipes (Thank you Anne!)2.) 12 Dish Christmas Eve Dinner - Russian Traditions3.) Salad of the Good Night
(Ensalada De Nochebuena) Served for Mexican Christmas Eve Dinner, usually with Red Snapper4.) From Italy Pasta with Anchovy Sauce
(Bigolinin Salsa)From the book A Continual Feast, it states that the traditional meal would include 12 courses in honor of the Twelve Apostles5.) Christmas Eve Carp with Black Sauce from GermanyCarp is also found on Christmas Eve in many different Eastern European countries. From the book A Continua Feast: "Carp is a large and handsome fish
, with a long and distinguished culinary tradition. Monasteries in the Middle Ages often kept fish ponds stocked with carp."
The last Friday before the Most Holy Feast of the Word Made Flesh! This week on the Feria Friday Post are recipes and traditions in regards to the fast and abstinence day for Christmas Eve. Also enjoy the saints story of St. Servulus a great example of how we who are in good health and have so much to be thankful for should sacrifice at least a little of what we have for the love of God. A saint who found his path to Heaven in poverty just as Our Lord will soon be born in poverty, in a poor cold damp cave. Come Oh Divine Messiah!!!