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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Thanksgiving
published 24 November 2016 by Corpus Christi Watershed

HE FIRST MASS of Father Junípero Serra, OFM, took place near Monterey Bay on Pentecost Sunday on 3 June 1770. It was celebrated beneath the boughs of a coast live oak, as depicted in an 1879 painting by artist Leon Trousset:

628 Father Junipero Serra’s first Mass near Monterey Bay in June, 1770 THANKSGIVING


Fr. Serra was canonized by Pope Francis on 23 September 2015, as a part of the pope’s first visit to the United States—the first canonization to take place on American soil. During a speech at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on 2 May 2015, Pope Francis said: “Friar Junípero…was one of the founding fathers of the United States, a saintly example of the Church’s universality and special patron of the Hispanic people of the country.”


Courtesy of A Few Little Fishes.