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Monthly Archives: December 2018

Wise men/women, return to the world…

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 … 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: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: 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 19: Come O Radix Jesse or O Root of Jesse…

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

December 18: Come O Adonai or O Lord and Ruler…

Today, we call on our Lord and Ruler! O Adonai (Exod 3:14) Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel (Matt 2:6; Micah 5:1; 2 Sam 5:2), You appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush (Exod 3:2) and … Continue reading

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Come Lord Jesus: The O Antiphons…Our Hope Fulfilled…

The Catholic Church has been singing the “O” Antiphons since at least the 8th century. They are the antiphons that accompany the Magnificat canticle of Evening Prayer from December 17-23.  They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery … Continue reading

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3rd Week of Advent: Rejoice!

Brothers and sisters: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make … Continue reading

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M Crooks, Doctorate Pastoral Ministry: 2009-2018