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  • [Catholic Caucus] The Fourth Sunday of Advent (Gueranger)

    12/24/2017 1:52:36 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Violet Privileged Sunday of the Second Class (Semidouble) (If this Sunday fall on the 24th of December, it is omitted that year; and in its place is said the Office of Christmas Eve, which is given here) WE HAVE NOW entered into the week which immediately precedes the Birth of the Messias. That long-desired Coming might be even tomorrow; and at furthest, that is, when Advent is as long as it can be, the beautiful feast is only seven days from us. So that the Church now counts the hours; she watches day and night, and since the 17th...
  • "Gabriel's Gracious Greeting" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:26-38)

    12/23/2017 8:30:58 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 24, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Gabriel’s Gracious Greeting” (Luke 1:26-38) Every year on the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the Holy Gospel is a reading about Mary. Last year it was the message to Joseph that Mary would bear a son. Next year it will be Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth. This year it is the Annunciation to Mary that she will conceive in her womb and bear a son. So each year on this Sunday there’s something about Mary becoming the mother of our Lord, which is most fitting on the Sunday closest to Christmas. As I say, our text today is the Annunciation, the announcement...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-24-17, Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/23/2017 7:34:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-24-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2017 Fourth Sunday of Advent Reading 1 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 When King David was settled in his palace,and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,he said to Nathan the prophet,"Here I am living in a house of cedar,while the ark of God dwells in a tent!"Nathan answered the king,"Go, do whatever you have in mind,for the LORD is with you."But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:"Go, tell my servant David, 'Thus says the LORD:Should you build me a house to dwell in?' "It was I who...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-23-17, OM, St. John of Kanty, Priest

    12/22/2017 9:43:23 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-23-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 23, 2017 Saturday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Mal 3:1-4, 23-24 Thus says the Lord GOD:Lo, I am sending my messengerto prepare the way before me;And suddenly there will come to the templethe LORD whom you seek,And the messenger of the covenant whom you desire.Yes, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.But who will endure the day of his coming?And who can stand when he appears?For he is like the refiner's fire,or like the fuller's lye.He will sit refining and purifying silver,and he will purify the sons of Levi,Refining them like gold or like...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Saturday in Ember Week (Gueranger)

    12/22/2017 9:20:31 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Violet Fast and Partial Abstinence Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh: come, let us adore. THE LESSONS from the Prophet Isaias are interrupted today also; and a Homily on the Gospel of the Mass is read in their place. As this Gospel is repeated in the Mass of the fourth Sunday of Advent, which is tomorrow, we will, for the present, omit it, and be satisfied with mentioning the reason of the same Gospel being assigned to the two days. The primitive custom, in the Roman Church, was to hold Ordinations in the night...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Seventh Antiphon (Gueranger)

    12/22/2017 9:19:20 PM PST · by CMRosary
    THE CHURCH sings this Antiphon in today’s Lauds: ANT. Ecce completa sunt omnia quæ dicta sunt per Angelum, de Virgine Maria. ANT. Lo! all things are accomplished that were said by the Angel, of the Virgin Mary. SEVENTH ANTIPHON O EMMANUEL, Rex et Legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et salvator earum; veni ad salvandum nos, Domine Deus noster. O EMMANUEL, our King and Lawgiver, the Expectation and Savior of the nations! come and save us, O Lord our God! O Emmanuel! King of Peace! thou enterest today the city of thy predilection, the city in which thou hast placed thy...
  • What Does It Mean to Find the Perfect Gift?

    12/22/2017 8:50:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-21-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Does It Mean to Find the Perfect Gift? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 21, 2017 • Jesus said many paradoxical things. For example: Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it (Mat 10:39). For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it (Mat 16:25).The basic rule of life the Lord announces is that when we want something too much, or very insistently on our own terms, we can never possess it. Rather, it possesses us. Only when...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Friday in Ember Week (Gueranger)

    12/21/2017 9:42:22 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Violet Fast and Full Abstinence Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh: come, let us adore. THE CHURCH does not read anything from the Prophet Isaias today; she merely gives, in the Office of Matins, a sentence of that chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel which relates the mystery of our Lady’s Visitation: and to this she subjoins a fragment of St. Ambrose’s Homily upon that passage. The considerations and affections with which this important event of our Lady’s life ought to inspire the faithful shall be given further on, in the Proper of the Saints....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Sixth Antiphon (Gueranger)

    12/21/2017 9:41:29 PM PST · by CMRosary
    SIXTH ANTIPHON O REX Gentium, et desideratus earum, Lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum; veni, et salva hominem quem de limo formasti. O KING of nations, and their Desired One, and the Corner-Stone that makest both one; come and save man whom thou formedst out of slime. O KING of Nations! thou art approaching still nigher to Bethlehem, where thou art to be born. The journey is almost over, and thy august Mother, consoled and strengthened by the dear weight she bears, holds an unceasing converse with thee on the way. She adores thy divine Majesty; she gives thanks...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-22-17

    12/21/2017 8:00:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-22-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 22, 2017 Friday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 1 Sm 1:24-28 In those days,Hannah brought Samuel with her,along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh. After the boy's father had sacrificed the young bull,Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:"Pardon, my lord!As you live, my lord,I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;as long as...
  • Late Advent Messages from God to His People

    12/21/2017 8:47:51 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-20-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Late Advent Messages from God to His People Msgr. Charles Pope • December 20, 2017 • The Prophet Isaiah, by Lorenzo Monaco (1405-10)As the end of Advent approaches, the Office of Readings features some final admonitions from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah. On the one hand they console; on the other, they challenge us to remain firm.Isaiah addressed a people in exile who still awaited the first coming of the Lord. Today, these texts speak to us in difficult times when, exiled from Heaven, we await His magnificent Second Coming.Let’s look at these admonitions from the Lord (Isaiah...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Thursday of the Third Week of Advent (Gueranger)

    12/20/2017 10:12:46 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Regem venturum Dominum, venite, adoremus. Come, let us adore the King our Lord, who is to come. De Isaia Propheta. From the Prophet Isaias. Cap. xxxiii. Ch. xxxiii. Domine, miserere nostri, te enim exspectavimus; esto brachium nostrum in mane, et salus nostra in tempore tribulationis. A voce angeli fugerunt populi, et ab exaltatione tua dispersae sunt gentes. Et congregabuntur spolia vestra sicut colligitur bruchus, velut cum fossae plenae fuerint de eo. Magnificatus est Dominus, quoniam habitavit in excelso; implevit Sion judicio et justitia. Et erit fides in temporibus tuis: divitiae salutis sapientia et scientia; timor Domini ipse est thesaurus...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fifth Antiphon (Gueranger)

    12/20/2017 10:11:37 PM PST · by CMRosary
    FIFTH ANTIPHON O ORIENS, splendor lucis ćternć, et sol justić; veni et illumina sedentes in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O ORIENT! splendor of eternal light, and Sun of Justice! come and enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death. O JESUS, divine Sun! thou art coming to snatch us from eternal night: blessed forever be thy infinite goodness! But thou puttest our faith to the test, before showing thyself in all thy brightness. Thou hidest thy rays, until the time decreed by thy heavenly Father comes, in which all thy beauty will break upon the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-21-17, OM, St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor/Church

    12/20/2017 8:39:40 PM PST · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-21-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 21, 2017 Thursday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Sg 2:8-14 Hark! my lover–here he comesspringing across the mountains,leaping across the hills.My lover is like a gazelleor a young stag.Here he stands behind our wall,gazing through the windows,peering through the lattices.My lover speaks; he says to me,"Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,and come!"For see, the winter is past,the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth,the time of pruning the vines has come,and the song of the dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs,and the vines, in...
  • "He Will Surely Do It" (Advent sermon on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24)

    12/20/2017 8:05:08 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 20, 2017 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “He Will Surely Do It” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24) This has been an Advent series about the Second Advent, the Second Coming of Christ. Each Wednesday we’ve looked at the Epistle reading from the previous Sunday, and the connecting theme that runs through all of them is the idea of “Waiting for the Day of the Lord.” We began two weeks ago by unpacking the biblical teaching about the day of the Lord, that it is “A Day of Judgment and Salvation.” Last week we saw that when the Day of the Lord finally comes, God will bring about “New Heavens...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Wednesday in Ember Week (Gueranger)

    12/19/2017 11:05:09 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Violet Fast and Partial Abstinence Prope est jam Dominus; venite, adoremus. The Lord is now nigh; come, let us adore. TODAY THE CHURCH begins the Fast of Quatuor Tempora, or as we call it, of Ember days: it includes also the Friday and Saturday of this same week. This observance is not peculiar to the Advent liturgy: it is one which has been fixed for each of the four seasons of the Ecclesiastical Year. We may consider it as one of those practices which the Church took from the Synagogue; for the Prophet Zacharias speaks of the fourth, fifth,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Fourth Antiphon (Gueranger)

    12/19/2017 11:03:52 PM PST · by CMRosary
    FOURTH ANTIPHON O CLAVIS David et Sceptrum domus Israël, qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit; veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis. O KEY of David, and Scepter of the house of Israel! who openest, and no man shutteth: who shuttest, and no man openeth; come and lead the captive from prison, sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. O JESUS, Son of David! heir to his throne and his power! thou art now passing over, in thy way to Bethlehem, the land that once was the kingdom...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-17

    12/19/2017 7:40:15 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-20-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2017 Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Is 7:10-14 The LORD spoke to Ahaz:Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!But Ahaz answered,"I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!" Then Isaiah said:Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men,must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,and shall name him Emmanuel. Responsorial Psalm Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 R. (see...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent (Gueranger)

    12/18/2017 10:47:45 PM PST · by CMRosary
    Regem venturum Dominum, venite, adoremus. Come, let us adore the King our Lord, who is to come. De Isaia Propheta. From the Prophet Isaias. Cap. xxx. Ch. xxx. Exspectat Dominus ut misereatur vestri; et ideo exaltabitur parcens vobis, quia Deus judicii Dominus: beati omnes qui exspectant eum! Populus enim Sion habitabit in Jerusalem: plorans nequaquam plorabis: miserans miserebitur tui, ad vocem clamoris tui: statim ut audierit, respondebit tibi. Et dabit vobis Dominus panem arctum, et aquam brevem; et non faciet avolare a te ultra doctorem tuum; et erunt oculi tui videntes praeceptorem tuum. Et aures tuae audient verbum post...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Third Antiphon (Gueranger)

    12/18/2017 10:46:27 PM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    THIRD ANTIPHON O RADIX Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges o ssuum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare. O ROOT of Jesse, who standest as the standard of the people; before whom Kings shall not open their lips; to whom the nations shall pray: come and deliver us; tarry now no more. AT LENGTH, O Son of Jesse! thou art approaching the city of thy ancestors. The Ark of the Lord has risen, and journeys, with the God that is in her, to the place of her rest. “How beautiful are...