Ember Wednesday — in Advent December 18

The four seasons of the year begin with the liturgical periods known as Ember Weeks. Their importance was very great in the early days of the Church. The Ember Days are three fast days, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, intended to consecrate to God the various seasons in Nature, and to prepare by penance those who are about to be ordained.

Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior. — Introit: Psalm 18

The Imitation of Christ
Strengthen me with heavenly fortitude, lest the old man, the miserable flesh not yet subdued to the spirit, get the upper hand; against which we must battle so long as we breathe in this most wretched life.
Ideal
The priests who are ordained during these days will have the care of your soul in the very near future. We are apt not to pray for priests, thinking they are so holy and so very close to God, they do not need our prayers; but they do.
Today
Pray for priests today, for the priests who have labored long and for those about to take up the burden.
Slogan
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest that He send laborers into His Vineyard.