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December 10, 2000
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
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THE VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS
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volume 11, no. 271
December 24, 2000
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  • We extend to all a Blessed and Holy Christmas and invite you to tell others about The DAILY CATHOLIC so more souls in 2001 can find God and His Holy Church. This week we present our traditional assembly of CHRISTMAS MESSAGES from contributing writers and a special CHRISTMAS GIFT for you that keeps on giving for Life!
CHRISTMAS ANTIPHON NOVENA
    Today is the Ninth and Final Day of Las Posadas, ("The Inn"), a Mexican tradition that originated in the 16th century in order to act out the birth of Jesus and the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in search of a shelter so the Messiah could be brought into this world to save all mankind. It is a nine-day Novena journey leading up to Christmas. This Christmas Antiphon Novena is the earliest ecclesiastical novena of which the Church has on record. It commemorates the nine months during which the Christ-child was carried in the womb of His Mother and coincides with the 16th century Mexican tradition of Las Posadas. This Christmas Novena carries an Indulgence of 7 years once on any day as taken from the "Blessed Be God" Prayer Book, 1959.
        O Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, God of hosts, come, show Thy face, and we shall be saved.

We prepare for the 2000th anniversary of the glorious Birth of the Savior
      "This Christmas is special, occurring as it does at the close of the Jubilee Year, during which we have celebrated more intensely the mystery of the Incarnation"


His Holiness John Paul II spoke those words in his most recent Wednesday General Papal Audience in his brief pre-Christmas Message prior to his traditional Urbi et Orbi Christmas Message on Christmas Day.

      "So they went with haste, and they found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in the manger. And when they had seen, they understood what had been told them concerning this Child...And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all that they hhad heard and seen, even as it was spoken to them."   (Luke 2: 16-17, 20)

        In today's issue we bring you Pope John Paul II's address from his most recent Wednesday General Papal Audience on December 20th in which he briefly presented a pre-Christmas Message to the throng shivering in St. Peter's Square. His Holiness expressed that "Our thoughts turn to the stable of Bethlehem, where God became man in order to bring joy and peace, reconciliation and a spirit of brotherhood to humanity. We can best celebrate this event through prayer and by welcoming the gift of God's love ever more fully into our lives." He emphasized the importance of Christmas as "an invitation to cooperate with God's plan by committing ourselves more generously to the cause of peace and understanding among peoples. In this way the message of peace which the angels announced to the shepherds at Bethlehem will become a reality in our lives." For the Holy Father's entire address provided by ZENIT.org, see THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS



SUNDAY'S LITURGY:

    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
FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
    Advent Daily Novena Prayers for the Fourth Sunday and final day of Advent
          Heavenly Father, You summoned the entire court of Heaven to witness that event whereby Your Only Begotten Son would come among men to save them from their sins. How joyful were the Heavens that night, filled with a splendor we cannot comprehend, as the stable in Bethlehem became awash with glory, more resplendent than all the palaces of all the kings that have ever ruled. Make of our hearts and souls a stable alight with the Love of God, wherein Your Son might be born, and let Your angels come and sing to us, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, Peace to men of good will!"

    For today's liturgy for the FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT, tonight's liturgy for Christmas Eve below, and tomorrow's glorious liturgy for CHRISTMAS, see DAILY LITURGY

The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for Sunday's Mass

"And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy."

Luke 1: 43-44
CHRISTMAS EVE LITURGY:
    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
The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for the Vigil of Christmas Mass

"Behold, the virgin shall be with Child, and shall bring forth a Son; and they shall call His name Emmanuel..."

Matthew 1: 23

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    Artwork 'I Knew You' by Shannon Wirrenga, Bismarck, ND, c 1998. All rights reserved
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    Events that happened Today in Church History

    Holy DoorPope John Paul II ushered in the Jubilee Year when he opened the Holy Doors wide to Christ    Today is the anniversary one year ago when His Holiness John Paul II officially signaled the beginning of this glorious and historic Jubilee Year 2000 by kneeling before the massive doors between the apse to the right of the main entrance into St. Peter's Basilica. Praying there, he asked that all would cross into the Third Millennium with him in opening wide the Doors to Christ. The doors swung open, he rose and became the first to cross over the threshhold, a procedure followed by millions of pilgrims during this important Jubilee Year that will end on the Feast of the Epiphany in 2001. To read more of what happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenCrosses can be great blessings if we allow them to be

       They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

      "It is the trials imposed upon us by others, such as their injustices, their harsh words, their knife-in-the-back attitudes, and their peevishness, that gall us; yet these are counted as the daily crosses of the man who would be truly religious. Much of the weariness of the spiritual life is due to the constant necessity of bearing the shortcomings of others, along with the never-ending strife against our own base inclinations. Then begins the task of accepting such people as a cross, and through our patience and forgiveness, putting love where we do not find it."
    The Gospa's message for November Monthly Medjugorje Message for November

      NOTE: We respectfully recognize and accept the final authority regarding apparitions, locutions and prophecies presently being reported around the world rests with the Holy See of Rome and the Magisterium of Holy Mother Church to whose judjment we humbly and obediently submit. For the November 25th Message and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE
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