December 13, 2019

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Gaudete Sunday

Gaudete Sunday

The Third Sunday of Advent is also known as Gaudete Sunday. The word “gaudete” is derived from the Latin words “gaudium,” joy, and “gaudeo,” to rejoice or be glad.

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December 6, 2019

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St. John the Baptist: The Forerunner Prophet

John the Baptist

The Baptist’s Featured Role in Advent. St. John the Baptist plays a prominent role in the Scripture readings during the Advent Season as the Church prepares for the celebration of Christmas. He is not mentioned on the First and Fourth Sundays of Advent, but he is a major figure on the Second and Third. While Jesus is always the main focus of the gospel, during the middle of Advent St. John the Baptist serves as the main supporting character.

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November 26, 2019

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The Advent Wreath

An Advent Wreath is composed of a circular wreath with four candles which are placed an equal distance apart. Normally the wreath is decorated with evergreen branches, but in the interest of fire safety, it has become increasingly common to use artificial greens. The Advent Wreath normally is placed in a prominent location in church, often in the sanctuary, but never in a location that would obstruct the view of the altar, lectern, or presider’s chair. At home the two most common locations are the center of the dinner table or on a table in the family room.

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November 22, 2019

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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe the Alpha and the Omega

Alpha and Omega

Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, and both Greek letters are symbols of his kingship.

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November 21, 2019

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Jesus – King in the line of David

When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus, Gabriel explained that “the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father.”

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November 15, 2019

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The end of the world

As the liturgical year draws to an end, the Church asks us to pause and reflect for a moment on the end of the world. Generation after generation has had doomsday prophets who have cried out, “Watch out! The end of the world is upon us!” Are these predictions believable? Frankly, no!

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November 8, 2019

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The dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran

Basilica of St. John Lateran

This feast commemorates the first dedication of the Basilica of St. John Lateran which took place in Rome on November 9, 324. Pope Sylvester I (314-335) presided.

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November 3, 2019

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St. Martin de Porres

St. Martin de Porres, Religious

St. Martin de Porres was born on November 9, 1579, in Lima, Peru. He was born outside of wedlock, the son of John de Porres, a Spanish knight, and Anna, a freed black slave from Panama. His father was mortified when he observed how his newborn son had inherited his mother’s African features and dark complexion, and he refused to acknowledge him. Martin’s baptismal records show him listed as the “son of an unknown father,” and as a result he was considered “illegitimate,” a terrible social stigma in Peruvian society. He was raised in the faith by his Christian mother.

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October 25, 2019

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Saint Jude, Apostle and Martyr

Jude is one of the original twelve apostles. Luke calls him “Judas the son of James” (Lk 6:16a; Acts 1:13), and places him eleventh on the list.

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October 25, 2019

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St. Paul: Looking back, looking forward

The year was 67 AD. St. Paul was in his mid-70s, an old man by First Century standards. He was in Rome, a bad place for Christians.

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