20 March 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

[Because the Sundays of Lent are privileged, the Commemoration of St. Joseph is tranferred to today even though it fell yesterday]

If the Patriarch Joseph (sold by his brethren through envy, and forced into servitude in Egypt) was a type of Christ sold by his brethren and handed over to the Gentiles, the other Joseph (forced through the envy of Herod to flee into Egypt) did in actual fact bring Christ amongst the Egyptian Gentiles. The first Joseph (keeping faith with his lord) would not carnally know his lord's lady. The second Joseph (spiritually knowing the Lady who was the Mother of his Lord to be virgin) kept faithfully virgin toward her. To the first Joseph was given to know dark things in the interpretation of dreams. To the second Joseph was given in sleep to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. - St. Bernard


Chaz said...

Where might a person look to get a straightforward explanation of what is privileged, what isn't, and how movable feasts move, and what not?

William Weedon said...

Have you visited the www.lexorandi.org? That provides some help with the calendar. You can also check out www.breviary.net.