SATURDAY
December 23, 2000
volume 11, no. 270


LITURGY for Saturday and Sunday, December 23 and 24, 2000

Saturday, December 23, 2000

      First Reading: Malachia 3: 1-4, 23-24
      Psalms: Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-10, 14
      Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 57-66
    ANTIPHON:
        O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!
    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

Optional Feast of Saint Peter Canisius, Priest, Religious and Doctor of the Church

       This Dutch-born Jesuit priest played a key role in the landmark Council of Trent and played a vital role in debating the Protestant heresies throughout Europe, especially in his native Netherlands and Germany, Austria, Bohemia and Poland. He was a great eloquent preacher sought by prince and pauper alike. He served as mediator between Holy Roman Emperors and Popes. He also founded the University of Fribourg in 1580. One of his most famous works was "Manuel of Catholics" and is referred to as the "Second Apostle of Germany," giving way to the great Saint Boniface as the "First Apostle of Germany." Because of Peter's efforts, the counter-reformation was a resounding success in Bavaria. In 1591 he suffered a stroke which hindered his speaking engagements, but he continued his writings with the help of a scribe as he dictated to him. Six years later, at the age of 76 this noble man died at Fribourg. Pope Pius XI canonized him in 1925, at the same time declaring him a distinguished Doctor of the Church.

SUNDAY, December 24, 2000

      First Reading: Micah 5: 1-4
      Psalms: Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19
      Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 5-10
      Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 39-45

    ANTIPHON:
        O Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, God of hosts, come, show Thy face, and we shall be saved.
    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

SUNDAY, December 24, 2000

    VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS

    White vestments

      First Reading: Isaiah 62: 1-5
      Psalms: Psalm 89: 4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
      Second Reading: Acts 13: 16-17, 22-25
      Gospel Reading: Matthew 1: 1-25

December 23, 2000
volume 11, no. 270
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