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Riddle Resolved

Canisius | 28 December, 2005 16:39

The same luminary who pointed me to the solution of the Infant Virgins puzzle also mentioned the obvious reason for the commemoration of St. John the day before his feast, the commemoration of the Holy Innocents before their feast, etc. If these feasts had occurred in isolation, Vespers of the evening before would have been devoted to them; but since they butt up against other major feasts and fall in the octave of Christmas, there is no room to devote the entire office of Vespers to them. Hence they are reduced to a commemoration.

The effect is a rather marvelous super-abundancy: on the same day we continue to rejoice over Christmas, meditate on the saint of the day, and anticipate the saint of tomorrow.


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