25Dec Presider’s Page for Christmas Day (25 December)

Christians celebrate today an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God shares our nature, he has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.

25Dec 25/12. The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ

Mass during the Day

Theme: We celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in our world, though he was with God the Father before all ages. His birth opens up for us a glorious new identity, as children of God.


24Dec 24/12. Advent Thurs 4, plus Christmas Eve

The first pair of readings are for the morning Mass on 24th December, Thursday in Week 4 of Advent.

(See further down for the Midnight Mass of Christmas Eve)

1st Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5, etc.

David is promised a “house”

23Dec Christmas, find a quiet corner

Brendan in his weekly Western People column outlines how we can all experience Christmas in very individual ways.
Brendan then suggests; "Make sure you take a bit of time off from Christmas. Let the water under your feet settle into a little puddle so that you can see a bit of yourself in it. Let the bustle fade into a silence. Find a clear space where you can hear what life is saying to you. Sit somewhere and look out at the world as it rages and races past. Find a quiet corner ...."
Good advice!

23Dec 23/12. Wednesday in Week 4 of Advent

1st Reading: Malachiah 3:1-4, 4,4-6

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight — indeed, …

22Dec 22/12. Tuesday in Week 4 of Advent

1st Reading: 1 Samuel 1:24-28

Hannah dedicates her young son to a life of service to God

When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin …

21Dec Pope prescribes “curial antibiotics”

Pope Francis, suffering from a cold, in addressing the curia prescribed a course of “curial antibiotics”.

He said that last year when speaking to members of the curia he "spoke of certain temptations or maladies – the catalogue of curial diseases. ...Diseases which call for prevention, vigilance, care and, sadly, in some cases, painful and prolonged interventions."
However this year ".. in the context of this Year of Mercy and our own preparation for the coming celebration of Christmas, I would like to present a practical aid for fruitfully experiencing this season of grace. It is by no means an exhaustive catalogue of needed virtues for those who serve in the Curia and for all those who would like to make their consecration or service to the Church more fruitful."
A challenge for all, not just the curia!

21Dec 21/12. Monday in Week 4 of Advent

Saint Peter Canisius, optional memorial

1st Reading: Song of Songs 2:8-14

Lyrical love-poetry from king Solomon, about the beloved who is coming

The voice of my beloved!
Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
bounding over the hills.

My beloved …

20Dec Presider’s Page for 20 December (Advent 4)

Advent draws to a close this week, so we have just a couple of days left to prepare for the birth of Christ. On this Sunday, we’re invited to follow Mary’s example of concern for others.

20Dec 20/12. 4th Sunday of Advent

Would you send us homily-notes? See below.

1st Reading: Micah 5:2-5

Salvation would come from insignificant  Bethlehem — to unite the nation under God

The Lord says this: But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little …

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