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Holy Innocents

Massacre of the Innocents Duccio.jpgOur soul has been rescued like a bird from the fowler’s snare.

 

Father, the Holy Innocents offered you praise by the death they suffered for Christ. May our lives bear witness to the faith we profess with our lips.

 

from the Directory of Popular Piety and the Liturgy: The Feast of the Holy Innocents

Since the sixth century, on December 28, the Church has

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On the Holy Family by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

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In Mary we praise that which places her above all others,
that is, fruitfulness of offspring together with virginity. For never has it
been known in this world that anyone was at the same time mother and virgin.
And see of Whom she is mother. Where does your astonishment at this so wondrous
dignity lead you?

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What News This Bitter Night?

     What news, what news this bitter night,

     When all is
shuttered in the gloom?

No news except a baby born,

Who finds within an ox’s
stall his narrow room.

     What men are these who hurry past?

     What wonder do they
run to see?

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Holy Family, the Octave of Christmas

Holy Family PVeronese.jpgFather, help us to live as a holy family, united in
respect and love. Bring us to the joy and peace of your eternal home.



from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

The
hidden life at Nazareth allows everyone to enter into fellowship with Jesus

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Blessing of Wine on the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

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Priest: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

Priest: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray. If it please you, Lord God, bless + and consecrate + this vessel of wine (or any other beverage) by the power of your right hand; and grant

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Thanks is due to St Francis of Assisi for the Nativity Scene


Just prior to Christmas Pope Benedict XVI reflected on
Saint Francis of Assisi’s gift to the Church in 1223 of the Nativity scene.
Then, as now we see Humility, Jesus, encountering the nihilism of the world, a
people who entranced with violence and anger now faced with the Prince of
Peace, the true king of the universe.


In homes

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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]yahoo.com.
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