Today begins the Season of Advent which ends on Christmas Eve, December 24 when the true Christmas Season begins. Advent is a time of preparation and waiting. We are waiting for the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ. “Adventus” is the Latin for Advent, which means “coming” or “arrival”.
Monthly Archives: November 2014
St. Andrew the Apostle (early 1st Century A.D. – mid to late 1st Century A.D.)
Feast Day: November 30
Patron Saint of Scotland, fishermen, fishmongers and rope-makers
St. Andrew was the first apostle chosen by Jesus. He was originally a disciple of St. John the Baptist. With his brother Simon (St. Peter), they were fishermen. Jesus first encountered them on the Sea of Galilee. St. Andrew was a martyr being crucified on an X shaped cross, which has since become known as St. Andrew’s Cross.
So many things to be thankful for this year. It hasn’t been an easy year, but then again what does an “easy year” really mean? Nothing worth living for is easy. Everyday we have in this life with our family & friends is a beautiful blessing from God. Keep this in mind, as you give thanks today. May God bless you & your family & friends. Have a very Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving!!
“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1
Pax et bonum,
Anthony “Tony Mangia” Scillia
Last Tuesday, between Catholic Channel shows, my friend Joe and I decided to grab a bite to eat at Oceana Restaurant on West 49th Street. The restaurant is a jewel in the crown of the Livanos Restaurant Group. The restaurant, which has stood the test of time in the temperamental NYC food scene, has been consistently ranked one of NYC’s top restaurants. It has garnered a Michelin star each year since 2006, which is no small feat.
Blessed Miguel Pro (January 13, 1891 – November 23, 1927)
Beatified by Pope John Paul II on September 25, 1988
Feast Day: November 23
Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. The feast is a relatively new addition to the liturgical calendar being instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925.
St. Cecilia (Born in 2nd Century A.D. Rome – Died about 230 A.D.)
Feast Day: November 22
Patron Saint of Musicians
St. Cecilia was a Roman martyr. She was betrothed to a Roman nobleman named Valerian; though she really wanted to remain a virgin. She was able to help convert her husband. Both Valerian and his brother, Tiburtius (who also converted) were martyred for their faith.