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November 30

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December 1

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December 2

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December 3

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December 4

St. Joseph is visited by the Angel

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.

But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.”

And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.

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December 5

The Feast Day of St. Nicholas

The absence of the “hard facts” of history is not necessarily an obstacle to the popularity of saints, as the devotion to St. Nicholas shows. Both the Eastern and Western Churches honor him, and it is claimed that, after the Blessed Virgin, he is the saint most pictured by Christian artists. And yet, historically, we can pinpoint only the fact that Nicholas was the fourth-century bishop of Myra, a city in Lycia, a province of Asia Minor.

As with many of the saints, however, we are able to capture the relationship which Nicholas had with God through the admiration which Christians have had for him — an admiration expressed in the colorful stories which have been told and retold through the centuries.

Perhaps the best-known story about Nicholas concerns his charity toward a poor man who was unable to provide dowries for his three daughters of marriageable age. Rather than see them forced into prostitution, Nicholas secretly tossed a bag of gold through the poor man’s window on three separate occasions, thus enabling the daughters to be married. Over the centuries, this particular legend evolved into the custom of gift-giving on the saint’s feast. In the English-speaking countries, St. Nicholas became, by a twist of the tongue, Santa Claus — further expanding the example of generosity portrayed by this holy bishop.

Patron Saint of: Bakers
Brewers
Brides
Children
Greece
Grooms
Merchants
Pawnbrokers
Russia
Travelers

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December 6

Today we prepare for tomorrow’s readings. Take time to reflect on these passages before you attend Mass tomorrow.

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December 7

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness: John the Baptist

John the Baptist was a great man who heralded the coming of Christ. Watch this video and enjoy scenes from the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries.

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December 8

The Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is universally celebrated on December 8, nine months before the feast of the Nativity of Mary, which is celebrated on September 8.

The feast came to the West in the eighth century. In the 11th century it received its present name, the Immaculate Conception. In the 18th century it became a feast of the universal Church. It is now recognized as a solemnity and is often celebrated with Holy Mass, parades, fireworks, processions, ethnic foods, and cultural festivities in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and is generally considered a "family day."

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December 9

Who was Caesar Augustus?

Luke 2:1-14

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.“

So who was Caesar Augustus? Historians agree that Caesar Augustus was one of the most successful Roman emperors. Born in 63 B.C., he reigned as emperor for 45 years, until his death in A.D. 14. He was the grandnephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar and used the popularity of his great uncle's name to rally the army behind him.

Caesar Augustus, the first emperor in the ancient Roman Empire, issued an order, which fulfilled a biblical prophecy made 600 years before he was born.

The prophet Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in the tiny village of Bethlehem:

"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.'" (Micah 5:2, NIV)

The Gospel of Luke tells us that Caesar Augustus ordered a census taken of the entire Roman world, possibly for tax purposes. Palestine was part of that world, so Joseph, earthly father of Jesus Christ, took his pregnant wife Mary to Bethlehem to register. Joseph was from the house and line of David, who had lived in Bethlehem.

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December 10

Breath of Heaven

After Caesar Augustus issued the decree for everyone to return to their hometown for a census, Joseph and Mary, who was with child with Jesus, rode for Bethlehem. Listen to this poignant song about the journey of Joseph and Mary.

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December 11

The Magi Visit the Messiah

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They said to him,

“In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet:

‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,
Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah;
For out of you shall come forth a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called the magi and determined from them the exact time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the Child; and when you have found Him, report to me, so that I too may come and worship Him.”

After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned by God in a dream not to return to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way.

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December 12

We Three Kings

In the East, the magi followed the star to the manger of Christ. Listen to this traditional Christmas song performed in an un-traditional way!









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December 13

Today we prepare for tomorrow’s readings. Take time to reflect on these passages before you attend Mass tomorrow.

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December 14

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December 15

Mary Visits Elizabeth

Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”

The Magnificat

And Mary said:

“My soul exalts the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
“For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
“For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
“And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
“He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
“He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
“He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
“He has given help to Israel His servant,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants forever.”

And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

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December 16

The Excitement of Christmas

The History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries does a great job of illustrating scenes from the Bible. This video below is a great reflection on the events that happened at Christmas. Watch this video and feel the excitement of Christmas building.

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December 17

The Shepherd’s Listen to Heavenly Strains

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.”

So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. When they had seen this, they made known the statement, which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things, which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.

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December 18

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

The Shepherd’s were blinded on the hillside as the Angels sang out the glorious news that Jesus was born to save the world from sin. This Christmas song will surely bring back memories from your own childhood, when you, like the shepherd’s, stood in awe of the wonder of Christmas.

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December 19

Are there still Shepherd’s in the Shepherd’s field?

Yes! Indeed this area of Bethlehem relies on farming for much of its livelihood. As you watch these modern shepherds work, it brings you back to the night of Jesus’ birth.

…Shepherds were in a field nearby. Dazzled by a great light, an angel brought them the tidings of joy that the long-awaited savior had been born. And they heard a host of angels praising God who, by sending the Messiah to the Earth, had shown His greatness to the celestial court and given salvation to men…

Today the Franciscans of the Holy land still care for this Sanctuary. It was designed by Barluzzi and stands on a rock overlooking the ruins. It has a dodecagonal shape with five apses having an inclined plane, recalling the structure of a field tent like the one used by the shepherds at that time. The light that penetrates the concrete and glass dome, illuminating the interior calls to mind the divine light that appeared to the shepherds.

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December 20

Today we prepare for tomorrow’s readings. Take time to reflect on these passages before you attend Mass tomorrow.

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December 21

This Little Town of Bethlehem

As we reflect on the coming of our savior, we remember that Bethlehem was the place of Jesus’ humble birth. Below are two verses about Bethlehem. The first is a prophecy from the Old Testament and the second is from the Gospel of Luke.

Micah 5:2
"But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.'"

Luke 2:2-7
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

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December 22

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

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December 23

Joy to the World

Christmas is almost here! Tonight we will light the candles for the luminairia, which welcomes the infant Jesus into our world. Tonight we anxiously await the birth of our savior with joy in our hearts.

Listen to this traditional Christmas song and remember to have joy in your hearts today and every day as you celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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December 24

The Night Before Christmas

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December 25

Merry Christmas!

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