Advent Meditations: Wednesday 18 December

Dec 18, 2019 by

Wed Dec  18 am: 119:49-72 pm: 49, 53 Zech 3:1-10 1 Tim 1:18-20, Mark 10:11-16 Notes on the Liturgical Feast for Today :  St. Modestos, Monk & Archbishop of Jerusalem, 634. After becoming a monk, he became head of the monastery of Saint Theodosios the Great (founded in the IV Century) in Palestine. At this time (the year 614), military forces of the Persian emperor Chosroes fell upon Syria and Palestine, killing 90 thousand Christians and laying waste the Christian churches. The Jerusalem...

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Advent Meditations: Tuesday 17 December

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Tues Dec 17 am: 48, 52 pm: 50 Genesis 49:2, 8-10 1Thess 5:12-end Matt 1:1-13 Notes on the Liturgical Feast for Today : O Sapientia The second part of Advent begins on this day marking the Octave of Christmas.  We read the stories of faithful women and men who prepared the way for our salvation.  We enter into the story of how Jesus’ life began.  These stories are filled with hints of what his life will mean for us.  Faith and generosity overcome impossibility.  Poverty and persecution...

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Advent Meditations: Monday 16 December

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Mon Dec 16 am: 41, 52 pm: 44 Zech 1:7-17 Rev 3:7-13 Matt 24:15-31 Notes on the Liturgical Feast for Today : St. Adelaide, Benefactor and Evangelist, 999 -Born c. 931 in Burgandy, St. Adelaide was married to the Emperor  Otto of  Germany  She established many monasteries and churches; she also became interested in evangelism. She died in 999 at the convert at Seltz, which she had founded. Biblical Meditation :  In today’s  Psalm the underlying tone is mindful that we all have some difficult...

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Advent Meditations: Sunday 15 December

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                                                                                                                                           Sun Dec 15 am : 146 pm: 12,14 Isa 35:1-10 James 5:7-10 Matt 11:2-11   Liturgical Notes on the Third Sunday of Advent:  This third week begins with “Gaudete Sunday.” Gaudete means “rejoice” in Latin.  It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday.  The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of...

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Advent Meditations: Saturday 14 December

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Sat Dec 14 am: 30, 32 pm: 42, 43 Haggai 2:1-19 Rev 3:1-6 Matt 24:1-14 SATURDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT _ Feast of St John of the Cross – Mystic and Teacher of the Faith, 1591  : Perhaps best the term “the dark night of the soul,”  is most associated  with John of the Cross . It comes from  the poem in which he wrote about “the soul’s happiness in having passed through the dark night of faith, in nakedness, and purgation, to union. For John, a Carmelite Friar, the spiritual life is a...

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Advent Meditations: Friday 13 December

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Fri Dec 13 am: 31 pm: 35 Haggai 1:1-15 Rev 2:18-29 Matt 23:27-39 Second Friday in Advent – Feast of St. Lucy, Martyr of Syracuse, 304 According to the traditional story, she was born to rich and noble parents about 283. Her father died when she was young. Fifty-two years prior to Saint Lucy, Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr was executed. Saint Agatha’s fame attracted many visitors to her relics at Catania. Lucy and her mother, Eutychia, made the pilgrimage, where Eutychia was healed...

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