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Monthly Archives: December 2016

The Church Year at a Glance: Celebrating Christ in 2017

All of us! Let’s Plan how we can celebrate, live, & share the Word in 2016! Holy Mother Church believes that she should celebrate the saving work of her divine Spouse- Jesus Christ – in a sacred commemoration on certain … Continue reading

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Are you wise?

Wise Men, Return to the World …we are like the 3 Wise Men who journeyed to Jesus. Now, like those Wise Men, we return to the world from which we came, to the everyday life where we will witness to … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Jesus!

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve: The light of hope burns brighter still…

“You shall go before the Lord to prepare straight paths for Him, giving His people a knowledge of salvation in freedom from their sins.” –Luke 1:76-77 In the Gospel of Christmas Eve morning, we hear the Zechariah prophesying in the … Continue reading

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December 23: O Come, O Come Emmanuel…

The O Antiphons for December 23rd: O Emmanuel (O God with us) “O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God! “ The seven “O Antiphons” … Continue reading

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December 22: O Come, O King of Nations, Come…

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!   The coming of Christ is fast approaching… The Church offers us many opportunities & resources to prepare.  Have you … Continue reading

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December 21: O Come, O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn: Splendor of Light Eternal and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.    We are so close to Christmas.  We can feel the level of excitement and anticipation rising.  Yet, … Continue reading

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December 20: O, Come Emmanuel…

O Come, O Come  Emmanuel… During the final days of Advent, the anticipation increases as the birth of the Savior draws nearer and nearer.  In the last eight days before Christmas, known as the octave before Christmas (Dec. 17 to … Continue reading

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December 19: Come, O Root of Jesse’s stem…

December 19 O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all His people: come to save us without delay! Speaking of John the Baptist:  But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer … Continue reading

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O Come Lord Jesus – Leader of the House of Israel

December 18 O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!   Reflection:  What is it that we need rescued from?  From ourselves? From bad decisions? … Continue reading

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