Who Is The Devil’s Advocate?

First recorded during the canonisation of Saint Lawrence Justinian under Pope Leo X (1513-1521), the Devil's Advocate (Advocatus Diaboli) used to be an official position within the Roman Catholic Church, whose job was to uncover character flaws, misrepresentation of evidence or fraudulent behaviour. During the canonisation process, the Promoter of the

What Is The Feast Of The Ascension?

The Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, also known as Holy Thursday or Ascension Day, marks forty days since the Resurrection on Easter Sunday and is one of the ecumenical feasts of the Christian calendar, alongside the Passion, Easter, Pentecost and Christmas. Originally part of Pentecost (the fiftieth day), which

Why Do We Sing Do-Re-Mi?

Modern western musical notation began in medieval Europe, aimed at bringing ecclesiastical uniformity to the Catholic church, and by the mid 9th century European monasteries had begun to develop notation as a mnemonic device for Gregorian chant. A century later, Italian Benedictine monk Guido d'Arezzo (991-1033) designed the standard musical stave,