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  • Praying the O Antiphons: An Ancient Advent Tradition [Catholic Prayer]

    12/17/2017 10:24:11 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Catholic Company.com ^ | December 16, 2016 | Gretchen Filz
    Praying the O Antiphons: An Ancient Advent Tradition December 16, 2016 By Gretchen Filz During the final days of Advent, the anticipation increases as the birth of the Savior draws nearer and nearer. In the eight days before Christmas this anticipation is marked by something special that happens in the prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours. The antiphons of Evening Prayer (Vespers) during the week before Christmas welcome the birth of the Savior by heralding one of His resplendent Biblical titles along with a special petition in light of that title.It is a liturgical tradition started in the...
  • Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent

    12/17/2017 9:57:02 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-16-17 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the Third Sunday of Advent Msgr. Charles Pope • December 16, 2017 • This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday, based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (Phil 4:4) (Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). Today, this theme is developed most fully in the 2nd reading, which is from 1 Thessalonians. It also begins with the salutation and imperative, “Rejoice always.”Let’s take a closer look at that reading and what is meant by the admonition to “rejoice.”The text begins, Rejoice always....
  • Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem(12/17/17)[Prayer]

    12/17/2017 8:12:40 AM PST · by left that other site · 1 replies
    The Holy Scriptures | 12/17/17 | left that other site
    Pray For the Peace of Jerusalem Meditating Upon The Names and Attributes of God


"The Light" (Old Testament) Isaiah 9:2  The people walking in darkness     have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness     a light has dawned. (End of Scripture Passage) 



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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/17/2017 7:35:11 AM PST · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Third Sunday of Advent (Gueranger)

    12/17/2017 3:55:58 AM PST · by CMRosary · 1 replies
    Violet or Rose Privileged Sunday of the Second Class (Semidouble) TODAY AGAIN, the Church is full of joy, and the joy is greater than it was. It is true that her Lord is not come; but she feels that he is nearer than before, and therefore she thinks it just to lessen somewhat the austerity of this penitential season by the innocent cheerfulness of her sacred rites. And first, this Sunday has had the name of Gaudete given to it, from the first word of the Introit; it also is honored with those impressive exception which belong to the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Commencement of the Great Antiphons (Gueranger)

    THE CHURCH enters today on the seven days which precede the Vigil of Christmas, and which are known in the Liturgy under the name of the Greater Ferias. The ordinary of the Advent Office becomes more solemn; the Antiphons of the Psalms both for Lauds and the Hours of the day are proper, and allude expressly to the great Coming. Every day at Vespers is sung a solemn Antiphon, which consists of a fervent prayer to the Messias, whom it addresses by one of the titles given him by the sacred Scriptures. In the Roman Church, there are seven...
  • Why the God-Haters Hate Israel

    12/17/2017 1:17:19 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Dec 17, 2017 | Trevor Thomas
    One of the greatest evidences that there is a God -- to whom we owe our very lives, and whose Word we are to follow -- is the mere existence of a nation called Israel. Thus the rampant hatred for the children of Abraham. Nevertheless, science again makes clear what Scripture long ago revealed. A 60 Minutes episode from 2000 -- for which I have a transcript -- reported on a genetics study that revealed a “priestly Y-chromosome” among the general Jewish population. In other words, all those who claimed to be Jewish priests (only males) shared a common male...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 12-17-17, Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday

    12/16/2017 9:44:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 30 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 12-17-17 | Revised New American Bible
    December 17, 2017 Third Sunday of Advent Reading 1 Is 61:1-2a, 10-11 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,because the LORD has anointed me;he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,to heal the brokenhearted,to proclaim liberty to the captivesand release to the prisoners,to announce a year of favor from the LORDand a day of vindication by our God. I rejoice heartily in the LORD,in my God is the joy of my soul;for he has clothed me with a robe of salvationand wrapped me in a mantle of justice,like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,like...
  • Catholic Prayer: Christmas Novena - December 16 - 24

    12/16/2017 7:50:19 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | 12-16-17 | Catholic Culture
    Catholic Prayer: Christmas Novena - December 16 - 24 Description:A Christmas novena is usually prayed, starting nine days before Christmas. The following novena was composed by an Italian priest, Rev. Charles Vachetta, C.M., in 1721. Most of the material comes from the Old Testament prophecies and the Psalms referring to the promised Redeemer. The novena consists of Opening Responsory Prayers, Psalm (Let the Heavens Be Glad), Scripture Reading, Magnificat with Daily Antiphon and Closing Prayer. This novena is prayed in conjunction with the O Antiphons, and if you are using an O Antiphon House or Tower, you would open the...
  • Traditional Depictions of Mothers to be Banned in Ads Next Year Amid War On ‘Gender Stereotypes’

    12/16/2017 6:09:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/14/17 | Virginia Hale
    Cooking, cleaning mums will be banned in advertisements across the UK from next year, following a study which claimed traditional gender roles are “harmful and outdated”. The decision to tighten regulation was announced by the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) this week, after a report published in summer identified gender stereotypes in adverts as a driver of inequality between men and women. “Wherever they appear or are reinforced, gender stereotypes can lead to mental, physical and social harm which can limit the potential of groups and individuals,” the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) alleged in its study. Depictions deemed problematic include...
  • The Tragedy of Palmyra: First Look Inside One of World’s Most Magical Ancient Ruins...

    12/16/2017 6:02:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/14/17 | Hollie McKay
    Palmyra before and after ISISPALMYRA, Syria – The Syrian city of Palmyra stood for decades as a shining example of ancient civilization, a caravan stop on the Silk Road that served as the capital of Queen Zenobia’s empire. The city’s meticulously preserved Greco-Roman ruins landed it UNESCO World Heritage Site status, making it a top tourist attraction in the Middle East and a mecca for archaeologists and historians. Now the city once known for its priceless ancient art and artifacts has been ravaged by ISIS, the terror group that has defiantly destroyed the cultural heritage of the lands they occupy....
  • Polish Church Launches English-Language Twitter Account Amid Growing International Scrutiny

    12/16/2017 5:51:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/14/17 | Nick Hallett
    Secular media outlets are taking interest in the country's increasingly conservative, Catholic directionPoland’s bishops’ conference has launched an English-language Twitter account, as international interest in the country and the Catholic Church there continues to grow. “We are observing a lot of internet interest about the Church in Poland from people living abroad, which is why we want to enable them to access the content of our Twitter posts in the English language,” said spokesman Fr Paweł Ryteł-Andrianik. The @ChurchinPoland account will post information about events in the country’s Catholic Church, comments from the bishop’s conference, and tweets concerning significant Church...
  • Americans Say Religious Aspects of Christmas Are Declining in Public Life

    12/16/2017 5:46:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 12/12/17
    Shrinking majority believe biblical account of birth of Jesus depicts actual eventsAs long-simmering debates continue over how American society should commemorate the Christmas holiday, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that most U.S. adults believe the religious aspects of Christmas are emphasized less now than in the past – even as relatively few Americans are bothered by this trend. In addition, a declining majority says religious displays such as nativity scenes should be allowed on government property. And compared with five years ago, a growing share of Americans say it does not matter to them how they are greeted...
  • Not your grandmother's Nativity Set - heck, it's not even Donald Trump's!

    12/16/2017 4:25:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | December 15, 2017 | Vox Cantoris
    Even the White House has more dignity and class and respect that the cocaine snorting, child-porn sodomite mafioso perverts in Vatican City, all under the watchful eye of the Pope of Mercy. Oh, look, its the corporal works of mercy all taking precedence over the Nativity of the WORD MADE FLESH, lost somewhere in that menagerie of artistic arrogance. When you look at this, where is the eye drawn? Who or what is the most significant figure? Those rigid Three Wise Guys passing by that naked buff man with the six pack abs to worship God come to earth. Any man...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Dictator Pope: A Call to Hierarchical Opposition

    12/16/2017 3:51:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | December 15, 2017 | Christoper A. Ferrara
    "When the shepherd becomes a wolf, the first duty of the flock is to defend itself. The true children of Holy Church, at such times, are those who walk by the light of their Baptism, not the cowardly souls who, under the specious pretext of submission to the powers that be, delay their opposition to the enemy in the hope of receiving instructions which are neither necessary nor desirable."-Dom Prosper GuérangerThe Liturgical Year, Vol. IV“We elected you to make reforms, not to smash everything!” Thus is Cardinal Leonardi Sandri, a fellow Argentinian and a supporter of Pope Francis at the conclave...
  • Amir discusses the past week in current events, some important developments, Dec. 16

    12/16/2017 2:05:24 PM PST · by firebrand · 2 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Dec. 16, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    Although I strongly recommend that you watch from the beginning, the new and most momentous events are described from about the 9-minute mark on. Putin shows that he owns Syria, while taking Russian troops out and talking peace to get ready for his reelection in March. Rockets are being fired from the Gaza Strip. The Palestinians ally themselves with Turkey, and there will soon be a break in Israeli/Turkish relations. Erdogan makes a shocking statement about Israel, quoting the Hadith. Current events the way you hear them nowhere else. God bless Amir and all those who follow his teachings.
  • Christ's Eternal Existence

    12/16/2017 1:02:22 PM PST · by metmom · 20 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1993 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    "Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay a foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Thy hands; they will perish, but Thou remainest; and they all will become old as a garment. And as a mantle Thou wilt roll them up; as a garment they will also be changed. But Thou art the same, and Thy years will not come to an end" (Heb. 1:10-12). Christ existed before the beginning of the world; thus He is without beginning. Jesus Christ is no creature. To be able to lay the foundation of the earth and create the...
  • Seeing the Majesty of Christ

    12/16/2017 1:01:53 PM PST · by metmom · 5 replies
    Grace To You.org ^ | 1997 | John MacArthur, Grace Community Church
    “When [Christ] had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3). God has exalted Christ above everyone and everything. Christ in His majestic glory is “heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2). That’s why it is His right to have the title deed to the earth, spoken of in Revelation 5:1-7. There He opens that deed and takes possession of what is rightfully His as heir of all things. Hebrews 1 further describes Christ as “the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature. . . . When...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL

    12/16/2017 6:41:53 AM PST · by Maudeen · 15 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 12/16/17
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His Will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14) Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    12/16/2017 6:23:45 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 16 (NKJV) Wisdom Is Better Than Gold 01 The preparations of the heart belong to man, 00 But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 02 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the spirits. 03 Commit your works to the LORD, 00 And your thoughts will be established. 04 The LORD has made all for Himself, 00 Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 05 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; 00 Though they join forces, none will go...