This blog will be quiet until Lent…
until then, thank you for reading!
May the seeds planted during these holy seasons
come to life and bear fruit
The Christmas Proclamation
(a traditional version)
* The twenty-fifth day of December.
* In the five thousand one hundred and ninety-ninth year of the creation of the world
from the time when God in the beginning created the heavens and the earth;
* the two thousand nine hundred and fifty-seventh year after the flood;
* the two thousand and fifteenth year from the birth of Abraham;
* the one thousand five hundred and tenth year from Moses
and the going forth of the people of Israel from Egypt;
* the one thousand and thirty-second year from David’s being anointed king;
* in the sixty-fifth week according to the prophecy of Daniel;
* in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad;
* the seven hundred and fifty-second year from the foundation of the city of Rome;
* the forty second year of the reign of Octavian Augustus;
* the whole world being at peace,
* in the sixth age of the world,
* Jesus Christ the eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to sanctify the world by his most merciful coming,
being conceived by the Holy Spirit,
and nine months having passed since his conception,
* was born in Bethlehem of Judea of the Virgin Mary,
being made flesh.
* The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.
Readings (Mass during the night):
Isaiah 9:1-6 (the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light)
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13 “Today is born our Savior, Christ, the Lord”
Titus 2:11-14 (God’s grace trains us to reject sin while we anticipate Jesus’ Second Coming)
+ Luke 2:1-14 (the nativity and announcement to the shepherds)
As in the Day of Midian…
vast and mighty,
given over to the night of sin,
by the light
from broken vessels,
by warrior trumpets…
God and Gideon
take the field
and the oppressor
is no more
(cf. Judges 6-7).
Now glory’s blaze
breaks on the shepherds
in the perils of the night,
as the great angelic army
fills the sky with Heaven’s might.
is once again
an earthen vessel
in the lowly “House of Bread,”*
and when it’s broken
will take to flight.
O Darling Infant,
tonight I banish fear
in the celebration of the surpassing power of weakness!
*”Bethlehem” translates “House of Bread”–note the connection with Judges 7:13
Blessed Christmas Eve!
Now would be a good time to check out the Christmas Customs for the Home
as our celebration finally begins!
Readings (Mass in the morning):
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16 (The kingdom of David shall endure forever in the sight of the Lord)
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
+ Luke 1:67-79 (God swore to set us free to worship Him fearlessly)
the House of David
out of living stones
into which God is born
to save the world.
We join this house
Do I live up to my royal dignity?
Blessed Memorial of St. John of Kanty!
You can find his story here.
Our King and Lawgiver,
The Awaited one of the peoples
And their Savior
Come to save us, O Lord, our God
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son
and his name shall be called Emmanuel.
(see also Matthew 1:22)
James 2:14-17 (Faith without works is dead)
Psalm 112:1-9 “Blessed the one who gives to the poor”
+ Luke 6:27-38 (Do good to those who hate you)
The one who gives
(no strings attached)
that the Lord
and will repay
as if He owed a debt
I’ll never get
from the ones
who love me
than from the One
when I extend
to my antagonist.
Do I trust God to provide for my enemies through me?
O King of the Gentiles
And their desired One
Cornerstone who binds two into one
Come and save man
Whom You fashioned from the slime of the earth
And he shall judge the Gentiles,
and rebuke many people
(see also Psalm 2:7-8, Ephesians 2:11-13, 20-21, Genesis 2:7)
I Samuel 1:24-28 (as soon as he’s weaned, Hannah brings Samuel to the temple to give him to God)
I Samuel 2:1, 4-8 (Hannah’s song) “My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior”
+ Luke 1:46-56 (Mary’s Magnificat)
Do I give God the credit for the things He accomplishes in me?
Blessed St. Peter Canisius’ Day!
You can find his story here.
O Rising Dawn,
Splendor of eternal light
And Sun of justice
Come to give light to those sitting in darkness
And in the shadow of death
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things concerning the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”
(see also Isaiah 9:1, John 8:12 & 12:46, Psalm 19:6-7)
2 Timothy 4:1-5 (Be persistent in proclaiming the word, even when people don’t want to hear it)
Psalm 40:2,4, 7-10 “Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will”
+ Matthew 5:13-19 (Whoever obeys and teaches God’s commandments will be greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven)
How can they know
if I don’t go
to shed the Light
what God’s asked
until His Truth
Do I hide the light of Christ when people don’t want to hear about it?
How well do I know my Faith?
O Key of David
And Scepter of the house of Israel
What You open, no one shuts
What You shut, no one opens
Come, deliver from the chains of prison
Those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death
And I will lay the key of the house of David upon his shoulder:
and he shall open, and none shall shut:
and he shall shut, and none shall open.
(see also Isaiah 9:6, 42:7, Revelation 3:7)
Micah 5:1-4 (From you shall come forth the ruler of Israel)
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 “Lord, make us turn to You; let us see Your face and we shall be saved”
Hebrews 10:5-10 (Behold I come to do Your will)
+Luke 1:39-45 (And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?)
I am too small
But that’s no loss.
It draws His Heart
and He is
I’ll ever need.
Do I see lowliness as an asset?