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  • The History of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'

    01/01/2019 2:19:46 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    CNA ^ | Fr. Calvin Goodwin
    The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the Church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. To fit the number scheme, when you reach number 9, representing the Fruits of the Holy Ghost, the originator combined...
  • Celebrating holidays

    12/29/2018 10:16:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies ^ | 12-12-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Celebrating holidays Liturgical decorations preceding Christmas help us recall the Old Testament wait for the Messiah Msgr. Charles Pope 12/12/2018 Question: When I entered the Church a few years ago, I was disappointed in the rather dour look of my parish during the holidays: no flowers, lights or cheerful music. Instead there are dark themes of judgment, purple everywhere and none of the holiday songs. Can you explain the resistance of the Church to decorate? — Mary Francis, via email Answer: This is a good example of the strong, sometimes overwhelming effects of popular culture. Regarding Advent, the Church has...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-24-18

    12/23/2018 9:23:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies ^ | 12-24-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 24, 2018 Monday in Fourth Week of Advent - Mass in the Morning 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-23-18, Fourth Sunday of Advent

    12/22/2018 7:44:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | 12-23-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 23, 2018 Fourth Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Mi 5:1-4a Thus says the LORD:You, Bethlehem-Ephrathahtoo small to be among the clans of Judah,from you shall come forth for meone who is to be ruler in Israel;whose origin is from of old,from ancient times.Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the timewhen she who is to give birth has borne,and the rest of his kindred shall returnto the children of Israel.He shall stand firm and shepherd his flockby the strength of the LORD,in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;and they shall remain, for now his greatnessshall...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-22-18

    12/21/2018 10:31:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 12-22-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 22, 2018 Saturday 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...
  • "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on the O Antiphons)

    12/21/2018 9:25:43 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 6 replies ^ | December 23, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (O Antiphons) The Hymn of the Day today for this Fourth Sunday in Advent is hymn 357 in Lutheran Service Book, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Please turn there now and maybe even mark it with the ribbon, because we’ll be referring to it throughout the sermon. You’ll notice on the page facing the hymn that there is a heading, “The Great ‘O’ Antiphons.” And there you will see seven such antiphons, listed by date, starting on December 17 and ending today, December 23. They’re called the “O” Antiphons, because each one starts with an...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-21-18, OM, St. Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor/Church

    12/20/2018 9:14:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 38 replies ^ | 12-21-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 21, 2018 Friday 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-20-18

    12/19/2018 9:29:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 12-20-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 20, 2018 Thursday 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...
  • "The Meeting of the Moms" (Advent sermon on Luke 1:39-45)

    12/19/2018 12:12:14 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 3 replies ^ | December 19, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Meeting of the Moms” (Luke 1:39-45) Over these three midweek Advent services, we’ve been looking at readings from Luke chapter one, which is the lead-up to the Christmas Gospel itself in chapter two. Back in our first midweek service, we heard the angel Gabriel announce to Zechariah that he and his wife Elizabeth would have a child named John, John the Baptist. Then last week we heard Gabriel announce to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus. Now today these two storylines intersect. Mary goes to visit her relative Elizabeth. It’s the account of “The Visitation,” that is,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] O Antiphons - A Devotional Meditation

    12/19/2018 9:57:13 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-18-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    O Antiphons - A Devotional Meditation Msgr. Charles Pope • December 18, 2018 • The Catholic Church has been singing the “O Antiphons” since about the 8th century. They were first composed as antiphons to accompany the singing of the Magnificat in Vespers of the Divine Office. They were composed for the last week of Advent, December 17th – 23rd.They are a compact and beautiful theology that draws on biblical themes of the Old Testament. As such, they proclaim the coming Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and hopes. They also express current longings rooted in those...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-19-18

    12/18/2018 9:37:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 12-19-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 19, 2018 Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a There was a certain man from Zorah, of the clan of the Danites,whose name was Manoah. His wife was barren and had borne no children. An angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her,"Though you are barren and have had no children,yet you will conceive and bear a son. Now, then, be careful to take no wine or strong drinkand to eat nothing unclean.As for the son you will conceive and bear,no razor shall touch his head,for this boy is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-18-18

    12/17/2018 10:03:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies ^ | 12-18-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 18, 2018 Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent Reading 1 Jer 23:5-8 Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;As king he shall reign and govern wisely,he shall do what is just and right in the land.In his days Judah shall be saved,Israel shall dwell in security.This is the name they give him:“The LORD our justice.” Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;but rather, "As the LORD...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-17-18

    12/16/2018 8:18:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies ^ | 12-17-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2018 Monday of the Third Week in Advent Reading 1 Gn 49:2, 8-10 Jacob called his sons and said to them:“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,listen to Israel, your father. “You, Judah, shall your brothers praise–your hand on the neck of your enemies;the sons of your father shall bow down to you.Judah, like a lion’s whelp,you have grown up on prey, my son.He crouches like a lion recumbent,the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?The scepter shall never depart from Judah,or the mace from between his legs,While tribute is brought to him,and he receives the people’s homage.”...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-16-18, Third Sunday of Advent (Guadete Sunday)

    12/15/2018 8:51:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 43 replies ^ | 12-16-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Zep 3:14-18a Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!Sing joyfully, O Israel!Be glad and exult with all your heart,O daughter Jerusalem!The LORD has removed the judgment against youhe has turned away your enemies;the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,you have no further misfortune to fear.On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!The LORD, your God, is in your midst,a mighty savior;he will rejoice over you with gladness,and renew you in his love,he will sing joyfully because of you,as one sings at...
  • "The Problem of Perplexity and the Promise of Hope" (Sermon, Third Sunday in Advent, Luke 7:18-28)

    12/15/2018 1:19:22 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 2 replies ^ | December 16, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “The Problem of Perplexity and the Promise of Hope” (Luke 7:18-28) What happens when something you’ve been hoping for, something you’ve been waiting for eagerly and expectantly, what happens when it finally arrives, and your life still doesn’t get any better? In fact, it may even get worse. What then? Well, it can be rather perplexing. You may ask yourself: “Is there any hope for me to hold on to? Has God forgotten about me? Why is he letting this happen?” If you’ve ever felt like that, then our message today is just for you. And so our theme: “The...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-15-18

    12/14/2018 8:59:27 PM PST · by Salvation · 32 replies ^ | 12-15-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 15, 2018 Saturday of the Second Week of Advent Reading 1 Sir 48:1-4, 9-11 In those days,like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijahwhose words were as a flaming furnace.Their staff of bread he shattered,in his zeal he reduced them to straits;By the Lord's word he shut up the heavensand three times brought down fire.How awesome are you, Elijah, in your wondrous deeds!Whose glory is equal to yours?You were taken aloft in a whirlwind of fire,in a chariot with fiery horses.You were destined, it is written, in time to cometo put an end to wrath before the day...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-14-18, M, St. John of the Cross, Priest & Doctor/Church

    12/14/2018 5:31:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 12-14-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 14, 2018 Memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church Reading 1 Is 48:17-19 Thus says the LORD, your redeemer,the Holy One of Israel:I, the LORD, your God,teach you what is for your good,and lead you on the way you should go.If you would hearken to my commandments,your prosperity would be like a river,and your vindication like the waves of the sea;Your descendants would be like the sand,and those born of your stock like its grains,Their name never cut offor blotted out from my presence. Responsorial Psalm Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-13-18, M, St. Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

    12/12/2018 9:52:53 PM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies ^ | 12-13-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 13, 2018 Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr Reading 1 Is 41:13-20 I am the LORD, your God,who grasp your right hand;It is I who say to you, "Fear not,I will help you."Fear not, O worm Jacob,O maggot Israel;I will help you, says the LORD;your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.I will make of you a threshing sledge,sharp, new, and double-edged,To thresh the mountains and crush them,to make the hills like chaff.When you winnow them, the wind shall carry them offand the storm shall scatter them.But you shall rejoice in the LORD,and glory in the Holy...
  • "An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance" (Advent sermon on Judges 13:2-7 and Luke 1:26-38)

    12/12/2018 9:16:02 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies ^ | December 12, 2018 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “An Impossible Son, an Impossible Deliverance” (Judges 13:2-7; Luke 1:26-38) It was an impossible situation. For forty years, Israel had been suffering under the oppression of the Philistines. The Philistines were looting their cities and ravaging their countryside. It was a period of great distress. Israel was in a dark and hopeless time. Often, though, in God’s way of doing things, dark and hopeless times give birth to new hope and renewed faith. So the Lord heard the Israelites’ cries of distress and did for them what was humanly impossible: He delivered them from the hand of the Philistines. But...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-12-18, FEAST, Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/11/2018 9:46:01 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies ^ | 12-12-18 | Revised New American Bible
    December 12, 2018 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17 Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,and they shall be his people,and he will dwell among you,and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,and he will again choose Jerusalem.Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling. or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab...