Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Although the Church’s annual cycle of worship began with Advent, some six weeks ago, today’s readings re-launch the Church into the “ordinary time” of the year following our celebration of the Advent and Christmas seasons. They do so on a note of joyful missionary zeal: the first reading from Isaiah conveys a sense of the […]

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The Baptism of the Lord

Isaiah 42: 1 – 4, 6 – 7, Gospel – Luke 3: 15 – 1621 – 22 According to the Church’s Liturgical Calendar today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord marks the end of the Christmas Season.  Unfortunately our culture has us celebrating Christmas months before December 25th and then ending it abruptly on […]

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Epiphany of the Lord

On the glorious feast of the Epiphany the first scripture reading, from the prophet Isaiah, begins: “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem!  Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you” and it concludes with the words: “the wealth of nations shall be brought to you. Caravans of camels shall fill you, dromedaries […]

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The Nativity of the Lord

In reading the scriptures and prayers for the Christmas midnight mass I couldn’t help but be captured by the responsory which we sing together: “Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.” These words are adapted from the Gospel of Luke, where the angel announces to the shepherds tending their herds outside of Bethlehem: “Today […]

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4th Sunday of Advent

One of the traditions I look forward to most during the hope-filled Advent season is the singing of the “O antiphons.”  These are special musical antiphons sung to introduce and conclude the Magnificat in the Church’s Liturgy of the Hours each evening from December 17th through December 23rd.  Each O antiphon is drawn from a […]

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