The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics

by Donald Wuerl, Mike Aquilina


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The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics by Donald Wuerl, Mike Aquilina

Every day is a holiday in the Catholic Church. In their latest collaboration, Cardinal Wuerl and Mike Aquilina examine the history and traditions behind both favorite and forgotten holidays, from Christmas to Easter, from the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity to the Feast of the Holy Angels

Catholic faith is festive, and the Catholic faithful count their days by celebrating the mysteries of Jesus’ life. There is a message to be found in the passing of days, weeks, and seasons. Through the feasts, ordinary Christians learn the life of Christ, share it, and come to imitate it.
This book continues the work the authors began in their books The Mass and The Church, exploring the meaning and purpose of the most basic and beloved aspects of Catholic life. Each chapter uncovers the biblical origins and development of one of the great feasts or fasts — Advent, Epiphany, the Holy Angels, all the Marian feasts, and even this very day. The calendar can be a catechism for Catholics who know how to live it.

“The feasts form us,” write the authors, “They help to make us and remake us according to the pattern of the life of Jesus Christ. We number our days as we walk in his footsteps, from his birth to his baptism, from his passion to his resurrection, from his Ascension to his sending of the Spirit to make us saints. We do this faithfully every year, and it defines us as who we are.”
“Cardinal Wuerl and Aquilina show us the transformative spiritual power in the Church’s original and most ancient feasts. This is a book to be prayed with and meditated on. Because when we understand the meaning of the Church’s liturgical feasts, we know better the great dignity and destiny we have as children of God.”
- Most Reverend José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804139922
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/16/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

CARDINAL DONALD WUERL is the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the author of The Catholic Way and New Evangelization: Passing on the Catholic Faith Today.
MIKE AQUILINA is the author of more than 20 books, including Angels of God and Fathers of the Church. He appears regularly on EWTN.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

Preface xiii

Introduction 1

1 Where the Feasts Begin 7

2 Reasons to Feast 18

3 The Feasts That Jesus Kept 25

4 A Brief History of Time: On the Development of the Calendar and Its Books 35

5 Terms of the Times 43

6 Sunday 52

7 The Solemnity of Easter 62

8 The Solemnity of Christmas 73

9 The Solemnity of Pentecost 85

10 The Solemnity of Epiphany and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 93

11 The Solemnity of the Ascension 100

12 The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ 105

13 The Solemnity of Christ the King and Other Feasts of Jesus 112

14 The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 122

15 The Solemnity of Divine Mercy 128

16 Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary 132

17 The Solemnity of All Saints?and Other Saints and Souls 140

18 The Holy Angels 147

19 Feasts of Churches 153

20 The Season of Advent 158

21 The Fasts 163

22 The Sacred Paschal Triduum 169

23 Today 177

For Further REading 187

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