Online ebook: 2018-2019 Liturgical Year: Easter, edited by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock

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  • 2018-2019 Liturgical Year, Volume 4: Easter, edited by Jennifer Gregory Miller and Darden Brock (Manassas, VA: Trinity Communications, 2018). Available in pdf, mobi, and epub formats through this index page of Catholic Culture: Free Catholic eBooks. [N.B., The ebooks may be accessed upon login or a free subscription. Registration takes less than a minute, though we recommend taking another 2 minutes to input a password and modify other details of one’s account.] As summarized in the index page:
    • “This fourth volume of the 2018-2019 Liturgical Year series covers all the days of Easter Season from the Easter Vigil through Pentecost Sunday, providing a rich set of resources for families to use in living the liturgical year in the domestic church, that is, in their own families. Resources include biographies of the saints to match each feast day, histories of the various celebrations and devotions, penitential spirituality, descriptions of customs from around the world, prayers, activities and recipes.”

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  • Contemplations and Meditations on the Passion and Death, and on the Glorious Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ, According to the Method of St. Ignatius, 5th edition, [by Charles Michel Alexandre de Brandt,] translated from the French by a Sister of Mercy, revised by the Rev. W. [William] H. Eyre, S.J. (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1901). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive (linked by the Free Traditional Catholic Books page of Traditional Catholic) and Open Library.
    • The 2nd edition (London: Burns & Oates), with the approbation of the Bishop of Birmingham, is available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive.
    • The 2nd edition (London: Burns & Oates; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1898), with Imprimatur, is available in pdf, mobi, epub, and other formats at Internet Archive.
  • The Mystery of Jesus, by Dom Savinien Louismet, 1858-1926 (London: Burns, Oates, & Washbourne; New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1922). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
  • Risen Time: Easter as the Source of History”, by Professor José Granados, Communio 37 (Spring 2010): pp. 6-33. Available in pdf format (here) through this page at Communio: International Catholic Review.
  • The Tragedy of Calvary: or the Minute Details of Christ’s Life from Palm Sunday Morning till the Resurrection and Ascension; Taken from Prophecy, History, Revelations and Ancient Writings, by James L. Meagher (New York, N.Y. : Christian Press Association Publishing Co., 1905). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.

On the Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Easter Sunday) in the one true and Catholic Church. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Your Son was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. (Collect Prayer, Fourth Sunday of Advent, with some capitalization modified)

This post is dedicated to Father James V. Schall, S.J. (+17 April 2019), faithful shepherd and teacher, with prayer for his soul, sadness for his passing, and gratitude for his witness and service. Requiescat in pace.

Online text: “He Descended Into Hell”, by Pope John Paul II (in English, Español e Italiano)

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  • “He Descended Into Hell”, by Pope John Paul II. General Audience on January 11, 1989. Taken from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 16 January 1989. May be read online on this page at Catholic Culture, and on this page of the Document and Audio Libraries of EWTN.
  • Also available en Español e Italiano:
    • Udienza Generale di Papa Giovanni Paolo II, Mercoledì, 11 gennaio 1989. Disponibile presso la Santa Sede.
    • “Descendió a los infiernos”: Audiencia General de Papa Juan Pablo II, Miércoles 11 de enero de 1989. Disponible en la Santa Sede.

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On Holy Saturday, 2019, in the one true and Catholic Church. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“It was thus that Christ died as a ransom, paid once for all, on behalf of our sins, he the innocent for us the guilty, so as to present us in God’s sight. In his mortal nature he was done to death, but endowed with fresh life in his spirit, and it was in his spirit that he went and preached to the spirits who lay in prison… He sits, now, at the right hand of God, annihilating death, to make us heirs of eternal life; he has taken his journey to heaven, with all the angels and powers and princedoms made subject under his feet.” (1 Peter 3:17-19,22, formatting supplied)

Online text and audio: “Stations of the Cross”, by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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  • The audio of a similar version is provided in the video “Stations of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori – Sacred Art Series” at the Youtube channel of Will Bloomfield. It is narrated by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (“Fr. Z”) of www.wdtprs.com, with the verses of the “Stabat Mater” chanted, visually accompanied by the “Stations of the Cross painted by Pietro Rudolfi, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, California”, and with “Crux Fidelis during closing credits by Schola Sanctae Scholasticae, UK; St. Cecilia’s Abbey UK”.
  • The text of a similar version with the verses of the “Stabat Mater”, with responses, is provided in:
  • The text of a similar version, with Scriptural references and the stanzas of the Stabat Mater (in Latin and English), may read online at Fish Eaters. [N.B., The text is hosted on a website that rejects the hermeneutic of continuity and reform proposed by Pope Benedict XVI; hence readers are advised to exercises prayerful caution if they peruse the site.]
  • The version without the verses of the “Stabat Mater” is available in pdf format on this page at Holy Angels Catholic Church, and, under the title “Traditional Stations of the Cross”, on this page at Sophia Institute for Teachers; and it may be read online on this page at e-Catholic2000 and at Daily Catholic. [N.B., The last-mentioned host of the text, Daily Catholic, appears to reject the hermeneutic of continuity and reform proposed by Pope Benedict XVI; hence readers are advised to exercises prayerful caution is they peruse the rest of the site.]
  • The text of what appears to be a shorter version may be read online on this page at National Shrine of the Divine Mercy.

See these other meditations on the Way of the Cross:

Posted on Holy Friday (Good Friday), 2019 in the one true and Catholic Church. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). We adore You, oh Christ, and we bless You, for by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world!

Online ebook: “The Eucharist: Sacrament and Sacrifice”, by Fr. Giles Dimock

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See also these texts and ebooks on the Sacrament of the Eucharist:

On the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, see the following books and texts:

On the worthy reception of Christ our Lord in Holy Communion, see the books and texts listed in our post “Online texts: Commentaries on ‘Amoris Laetitia’“, as well as the following texts:

Posted on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), 2019 in the one true and Catholic Church. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“The tradition which I received from the Lord, and handed on to you, is that the Lord Jesus, on the night when he was being betrayed, took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, given up for you. Do this for a commemoration of me. And so with the cup, when supper was ended, This cup, he said, is the new testament, in my blood. Do this, whenever you drink it, for a commemoration of me. So it is the Lord’s death that you are heralding, whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, until he comes.”

“And therefore, if anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, he will be held to account for the Lord’s body and blood. A man must examine himself first, and then eat of that bread and drink of that cup; he is eating and drinking damnation to himself if he eats and drinks unworthily, not recognizing the Lord’s body for what it is.” (I Corinthians xi, 23-29)

Online ebook: “The Chief Sources of Sin”, by Michael V. McDonough

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  • The Chief Sources of Sin: Seven Discourses on Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth, by Michael V. McDonough [b. 1863] (New York, Baltimore: John Murphy Company, 1910). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi,. And other formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
    • [N.B., This work appears to be in the public domain under US law. As to other jurisdictions, an online search yielded a date of death of 02 November 1933 for a certain Rev. Michael V, McDonough, chaplain of St. Mary’s Home, New Bedford (vide Anchor, October 29, 2010, p.19). If this is the author, then the work would also have entered the public domain in jurisdictions where the copyright period is reckoned based on the author’s lifetime + 70 years. Advice on this matter would be appreciated.]

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On Holy Wednesday (or Spy Wednesday), 2019 in the one true and Catholic Church. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“If, when I say to the wicked, Thou shalt surely die: thou declare it not to him, nor speak to him, that he may be converted from his wicked way, and live: the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hand. But if thou give warning to the wicked, and he be not converted from his wickedness, and from his evil way: he indeed shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul.” (Ezechiel iii, 18-19)

“Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, thou hast recovered thy strength; do not sin any more, for fear that worse should befall thee” (St. John v, 13)

If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death… and there is a sin not unto death.” (II John v, 16-17 KJV)

Online text: “The Liturgical and Theological Aesthetics of Pope Benedict XVI”, by Roland Millare

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  • “The Sacred Is Still Beautiful: The Liturgical and Theological Aesthetics of Pope Benedict XVI”, by Roland Millare, Logos, vol. 16, no. 1 (Winter 2013), pp. 104-128. May be read online and downloaded in pdf format at Academia.edu.

See also our list of ebooks on Art and Architecture; as well as these related texts and ebooks:

Posted on Holy Monday, 2019; on the anniversary of Lateran Council of AD 769; in observance of the Universal Day of Culture and of World Art Day; and in advance of the birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

[S]ome artistic expressions are real highways to God, the supreme Beauty; indeed, they help us to grow in our relationship with him, in prayer. These are works that were born from faith and express faith.” (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 31 August 2011)

“[R]eligious iconography should be directed to sacramental mystagogy… Everything related to the Eucharist should be marked by beauty.” (Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, no. 41)

Online ebooks: “A Collection of Cases in Moral and Pastoral Theology”, in 5 volumes

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  • The Casuist: A Collection of Cases in Moral and Pastoral Theology. With Imprimatur.
    • Volume I (New York: J.F. Wagner, 1906) is available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive.
    • Volume II (New York: J.F. Wagner, 1908) is available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive.
    • Volume III (New York: J.F. Wagner, 1910) is available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive., and a 3rd copy at Internet Archive.
    • Volume IV, revised by Rev. Stanislaus Woywod, O.F.M. (New York: J.F. Wagner, 1912) is available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive.
    • Volume V, prepared and edited by the Rev. J.A. McHugh, O.P. (New York: J.F. Wagner, 1917) is available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, and other formats at Internet Archive.

On the Feast of Blessed Angelo Carletti di Chivasso. See also this related ebook: Catholic Moral Teaching and its Antagonists Viewed in the Light of Principle and of Contemporaneous History, by Joseph Mausbach.

“If, when I say to the wicked, Thou shalt surely die: thou declare it not to him, nor speak to him, that he may be converted from his wicked way, and live: the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but I will require his blood at thy hand. But if thou give warning to the wicked, and he be not converted from his wickedness, and from his evil way: he indeed shall die in his iniquity, but thou hast delivered thy soul.

“Moreover, if the just man shall turn away from his justice, and shall commit iniquity: I will lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die, because thou hast not given him warning: he shall die in his sin, and his justices, which he hath done, shall not be remembered: but I will require his blood at thy hand. But if thou warn the just man, that the just may not sin, and he doth not sin: living he shall live, because thou hast warned him, and thou hast delivered thy soul.” (Ezechiel iii, 18-21)

Free ebook: “Manual of Christian Doctrine, Comprising Dogma, Moral, and Worship”, by a seminary professor

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  • Manual of Christian Doctrine, Comprising Dogma, Moral, and Worship, authorized English version, 39th edition, by a seminary professor (Philadelphia, Pa.: John Joseph McVey, 1923). With Imprimatur. [N.B., The Internet Archive index page states that the author is Brother John Chrysostom, who, according to HathiTrust index page, lived in 1863-1917.] . May be read online, and available in pdf, epub, mobi and other formats, at Internet Archive. The 37th edition (1921) is available at Internet Archive. The 1919 edition is available at Internet Archive. The 13th edition (1910) is available at Internet Archive. The 6th edition (1906) is available at Internet Archive and HathiTrust Digital Library.

On the Feast of Pope St. Urban I and St. Epaphroditus in the Maronite church: may their prayers be with us. For other legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

If you continue in my word, you shall be my disciples indeed: And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (St. John viii, 31-32)

Go out all over the world and preach the gospel to the whole of creation; he who believes and is baptized will be saved; he who refuses belief will be condemned.” (St. Mark xvi, 15-16)

“God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” (II Thessalonians ii, 13-15 KJV)

Free ebook: “Helps to a Spiritual Life”, by Rev. Joseph Schneider & Rev. Ferreol Girardey

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  • Helps to a Spiritual Life; for Religious and for All Persons in the World Who Desire to Serve God Fervently, from the German of Rev. Joseph Schneider, with additions by Rev. Ferreol Girardey, C.Ss.R. (New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger, 1903). Available in pdf, mobi, and epub formats at Internet Archive, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive.

On the Feast of Saint Julie Billiart. For other online texts and more legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject). Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!

Free ebook: “Catechism on Modernism”, by Jean Baptiste Lemius

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  • Catechism on Modernism according to the Encyclical ‘Pascendi dominici gregis’ of His Holiness Pius X, from the French of Jean Baptiste Lemius, translated by John Fitzpatrick (London, Glasgow: R. & T. Washbourne; New York, Cincinnati, Chicago: Benziger Brothers, 1908). With Imprimatur. Available in pdf, epub, mobi/kindle and other formats at Internet Archive, Internet Archive; and in pdf format at Today’s Catholic World.

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Posted on the commemoration of the Second Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in the Maronite church; and in belated observance of the feast of Pope Celestine I. For other online texts and more legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).

“Christ our God, when he took for his bride his holy catholic church, having no blemish or wrinkle, promised he would guard her and assured his holy disciples saying, I am with you every day until the consummation of this age. This promise however he made not only to them but also to us, who thanks to them have come to believe in his name…

“Therefore the Lord God, not bearing that what was subject to him should be destroyed by such a corruption, has by his good pleasure summoned us… who are those responsible for the priesthood everywhere, in order that the divinely inspired tradition of the catholic church should receive confirmation by a public decree…

“[W]e declare that we defend free from any innovations all the written and Unwritten ecclesiastical traditions that have been entrusted to us… following as we are the God-spoken teaching of our holy fathers and the tradition of the catholic church — for we recognize that this tradition comes from the holy Spirit who dwells in her” (Second Council of Nicaea, from Papal Encyclicals Online, formatting supplied)