Advent & Christmastide: December 2011 Archives

Our Dayspring

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Our Savior, the Dayspring from the east,
has visited us from on high, and we who were in darkness and shadow have found the truth, for the Lord is born of the Virgin!
Let us, the faithful, run and give our praising,

Hymns for the Incarnate God let us be raising!

Holy Family

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O God, who were pleased to give us the shining example of the Holy Family, graciously grant that we may imitate them in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, and so, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards.

Today is a fitting day to follow the Fourth Commandment: Honor your father and mother. Of course, this applies to our living and deceased parents.

The consistent teaching of the Church, based on sacred Scripture and Tradition, tells us that the family is an irreplaceable contribution to the good of society. In an eminent way the family, through responsible motherhood and fatherhood, and the spouses' unique and singular participation in God's work of co-creation. Pope Benedict XVI reminds that us that "the natural family, as an intimate of life and love, based on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes 'the primary place of humanization for the person and society,' and 'a cradle of life and love'" (Message for the Celebration of the World Day of Peace 2008).

Holy Innocents

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At the king's command these innocent babes and little Children were put to death. They died for Christ, and now in the glory of heaven as they follow Him, the spotless Lamb, they sing for ever: Glory to You, O Lord!

O God, whom the Holy Innocents confessed and proclaimed on this day, not speaking but by dying, grant we pray, that the faith in you which we confess with our lips may also speak through our manner of living.

Pay close attention to the sentiments of this prayer: confession of the reality of God not by words but by actions, by the way we live. How appropriate to keep this in mind these days.

Saint Stephen

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You are the chief in the choir of Martyrs, like unto an angel; who pleaded with God for those that stoned him.  O blessed Stephen, intercede for us with the Lord.

 (A Sarum text)

Grant, Lord, we pray, that we may imitate what we worship, and a learn to love even our enemies,  for we celebrate the heavenly birthday of a man who knew how to pray even for his persecutors.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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