Christmas, Classic

Luke 2: 1–14 Gospel Summary In the gospel passage for Mass at Midnight we hear the Christmas story from the Gospel of Luke. It is a story so simple that even a child can grasp it; yet, even after 2000 years it is a mystery so profound that the richness of its meaning remains inexhaustible. […]

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Fourth Sunday of Advent, Classic

Luke 1: 26–38 Gospel Summary On the carefully programmed Advent journey to Christmas, the Fourth Sunday belongs to Mary. This is so because Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus, necessarily involves the motherhood of Mary. However, the story of that birth is reserved for Midnight Mass, while today’s gospel tells us how Mary prepared […]

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Third Sunday of Advent, Modern

Lectionary #8 This third Sunday of the Advent season has long been known as Gaudete Sunday, from the opening words of the entrance antiphon for mass: Gaudete in Domino semper — “Rejoice in the Lord always!” We truly have great reason to rejoice, for our celebration of Jesus’ birth is drawing close. Animating and guiding […]

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