09Dec 09 December. 2nd Sunday of Advent

1st Reading: Baruch 5:1-9

God will level out a highway for the exiles to return

The Lord says this:
Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem,
and put on forever the beauty of the glory from …

08Dec 08 December. The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

1st Reading: Genesis 3:9-15, 20

The enmity between the serpent and the woman, between its offspring and hers

The Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you …

07Dec 07 December. Friday of Advent, Week 1

1st Reading: Isaiah 29:17-24

A promise of good times, when deaf shall hear and blind shall see – and all will accept instruction

Shall not Lebanon in a very little while become a fruitful field,
and the fruitful field be …

06Dec 06 December. Thursday of Advent, Week 1

1st Reading: Isaiah 26:1-6

A hymn of confidence in the Lord, our everlasting rock

On that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; he sets up victory like walls and bulwarks. …

05Dec 05 December. Wednesday of Advent, Week 1

1st Reading: Isaiah 25:6-10

The Lord God will wipe away all tears in the Messianic age.

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich …

04Dec 04 December. Tuesday of Advent, Week 1

1st Reading: Isaiah 11:1-10

The Messiah will restore harmony and justice on earth.

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on …

03Dec 03 December 2018. Advent Week 1, Monday

First Reading: Isaiah 2:4-6

Wisdom and peace when swords are beaten into ploughshares

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the …

02Dec 02 December 2018. 1st Sunday of Advent

Advent invites us to think some new thoughts, imagine new projects, and focus our basic options at the start of a the Church’s year of worship. We renew our welcome to Jesus as the anchor of our lives, and prepare

01Dec 01 December 2018. Saturday of Week 34

1st Reading: Revelation 22:1-7

River of life; healing fruits and the Lamb who is to come

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the …

01Dec Saints of the Month (December)

Saints in December

03 December

St Francis Xavier, Priest, Missionary

Born in 1506 in Navarre (Spain); died on this day in 1552 off the coast of China. Francis Xavier met Ignatius of Loyola while both were studying in Paris and …

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