Fat Sunday/Transfiguration

The last Sunday in the Season after Epiphany has gone by many names throughout the years, including Fat Sunday and Egg Sunday. Those titles refer to its place of prominence in the season of carnival, which literally means “farewell to meat.”  This celebration developed almost accidentally as people began to use up all the things that they were giving up … Read More

St. Anthony the Great

St. Anthony is “great” because he is one of the first saints of Christendom. In the early church, many of the first saints were martyred. To be a Christian really meant something. It meant commitment to Christ even in the face of death. After Christianity became the dominate religion and Christendom was established (even persecuting other religions, as the pagans did … Read More

Watch Night

Believe it or not, January 1st is not a major ancient Christian holiday. It is the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord, also called the Feast of the Holy Name, but it has not always functioned as a new beginning. Up until the middle ages, there where various new year days celebrated in the Christian world — September 1st, … Read More