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Christmas 2 – Matthew 2:13-23

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Significantly revised and shortened from 2004. In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Two weeks in a row, we are confronted with persecution of the Christ Child. An earthly king trembles for his throne after hearing the Magi ask where is He who has been born […]

Pius Parsch on Preparations for Epiphany

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Epiphany, the appearance of the Lord! Even the word sounds strange to us of the West. Christmas is our feast. Its charm even the unbelieving world cannot escape. It is simply “flesh of our flesh.” But Epiphany? To make it more palatable some areas in Europe transformed it into the feast of the Three Kings; […]

Pius Parsch on The Circumcision of Our Lord – Luke 2:21

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Christ came upon earth to redeem mankind. He could have accomplished our redemption by a single word or act. But He desired to carry out His saving mission through a series of actions and to crown it finally with the supreme work, His death and resurrection. All the various acts and actions were performed for […]

New Year’s Eve – Luke 12:35-40

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit There are two customary ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The world throws a party. It’s out with the old and in with the new. Auld Lang Syne with Guy Lombardo, Champagne toast at midnight, and dance the night […]

Robert Farrar Capon on New Year’s Eve – Luke 12:35-40

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

Ah, what to do with New Year’s Eve? A brother-in-Office in another online venue described the pericopes for New Year’s Eve as “McDonald’s” in comparison with the rich banquet of The Circumcision and Name of Jesus on January 1. Some of us will transfer The Circumcision and Name of Jesus to December 31. That’s all […]