Archive for December, 2014

The Rich Vocabulary of the Feasts

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

Today we celebrate the sixth day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord during the season of Christmas. Yesterday was the memorial of Saint Thomas Becket. Tomorrow evening, more than reveling in New Year’s Eve, we celebrate the vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Day, octave, season, memorial, […] [Read more]

The Holy Family and the Synod on the Family

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

One year ago on the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope Francis reflected on the important role that families play in living, passing on and sharing the faith – the work of evangelization to which we are all called. “The proclamation of the Gospel, in fact, is promoted above all by families so that it […] [Read more]

The Light of the World

Friday, December 26th, 2014

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, as we are bathed in the new radiance of your incarnate Word, the light of faith, which illumines our minds, may also shine through in our deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, […] [Read more]

Today in the City of David a Savior has been Born for You Who is Christ the Lord

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

O God, who wonderfully created the dignity of human nature and still more wonderfully restored it, grant, we pray, that we may share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. […] [Read more]

Behold, I Make All Things New”

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who are weighed down from of old by slavery beneath the yoke of sin, may be set free by the newness of the long-awaited Nativity of your Only Begotten Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and […] [Read more]

His Mercy is from Age to Age

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Almighty ever-living God, as we see how the Nativity of your Son according to the flesh draws near, we pray that to us, your unworthy servants, mercy may flow from your Word, who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary and establish among us his dwelling, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns […] [Read more]

The Word Became Flesh and Made His Dwelling Among Us

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

O God, who through the child-bearing of the holy Virgin graciously revealed the radiance of your glory to the world, grant, we pray, that we may venerate with integrity of faith the mystery of so wondrous an Incarnation and always celebrate it with due reverence. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and […] [Read more]

Rejoice! The Lord Our Savior is Near

Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Hear in kindness, O Lord, the prayers of your people, that those who rejoice at the coming of your only Begotten Son, in our flesh may, when at last he comes in glory, gain the reward of eternal life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity […] [Read more]

Hanukkah and the Eternal Light of God

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Jesus was formed by the feasts of old. A devout Jew, he was raised by parents who dutifully observed the Jewish calendar, and in his ministry he observed the holy days with his disciples. However, more than simply celebrating these days which remember the marvels God has done, Christ embodied them. Since the Apostolic Age, […] [Read more]

Open to the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

What we celebrate this season is God coming to be with us – to be one of us – walking with us, saving us and sharing divine life with us. Yet while we joyfully await the coming of Jesus at Christmas, we know also that in a few months, the Church will recall his crucifixion, […] [Read more]