DAILY CATHOLIC for 

December 25, 2000
Solemnity of the
NATIVITY OF OUR LORD
MONDAY
volume 11, no. 272
December 25, 2000
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A BLESSED CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Pope John Paul II
Pope John
Paul II
's
CHRISTMAS
MIDNIGHT MASS HOMILY
Father Al Svobodny, OMI
Father
Al
's
CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE
Michael Cain, editor
Michael
Cain
's
CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE
Sister Mary Lucy Astuto
Sister
Mary Lucy
's
CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE
Pat Ludwa
Pat
Ludwa
's
CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE
Cyndi Cain
Cyndi
Cain
's
CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE
Dr. Frank Joseph
Dr. Frank
Joseph
's
CHRISTMAS
MESSAGE

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Words from Luke 1: 14
CHRISTMAS
LITURGY
:


MIDNIGHT MASS

    First Reading: Isaiah 9: 1-6
    Psalms: Psalm 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13
    Second Reading: Titus 2: 11-14
    Gospel Reading: Luke 2: 1-14

CHRISTMAS DAWN

    First Reading: Isaiah 62: 11-12
    Psalms: Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
    Second Reading: Titus 3: 4-7
    Gospel Reading: Luke 2: 15-20

CHRISTMAS DAY

    First Reading: Isaiah 52: 7-10
    Psalms: Psalm 98: 1-6
    Second Reading: Hebrews 1: 1-6
    Gospel Reading: John 1: 1-18

For today's Christmas Liturgies and tomorrow's Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr, see DAILY LITURGY

The DAILY WORD
Taken from the Gospel for Christmas Dawn Mass

"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 all who heard marvelled at the things told them by the shepherds."

Luke 2: 15-18


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    THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS TRADITION
    First Day of Christmas=Christ represents partridge in a pear tree

    First Day of Christmas
    "On the first day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, a Partridge in a pear tree."

        So many have misinterpreted the Twelve Days of Christmas with a secular meaning, but they fail to realize that, in fact, they were a "secret catechism code" sung by persecuted Roman Catholics from the Protestant Reformation through the French Revolution. It was their way of communicating their faith much in the same manner the early Christians did with symbols such as the fish. The first day is a given since Christmas Day is the first day of Christmas and the "Partridge in a pear tree" represents Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ the King.

    Events that happened Today in Church History

    St. Francis of AssisiFirst Creche    Today, the 2000th anniversary of the Birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is also the 777th anniversary of the day that Saint Francis of Assisi displayed the first Nativity creche scene in Greccio, Italy. This, as we know began a lasting and venerable tradition that would forever remind all of the Reason for the Season, despite satanic forces that seek to deny God by passing legislation against public displays of such religious settings. It is also the 1200th anniversary of the date when Pope Saint Leo III crowned Charlemagne the first Holy Roman Emperor. For other events that happened today in Church History, see MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

    Famous quotes of Bishop Fulton J. SheenTrue Faith is not popular with the ego

       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".

      "How many people there are in Church on Sunday sitting in the first seat of the pew, who resent anyone asking them to 'please move over.' They came to kneel before a cross, but they do not want one standing along side them. How many there are too who sing lustily the hymn.
        'Were the whole realm of nature mine, That were an offering far too small.'
      And, then, when the collection box is passed, they drop in a nickel. The fact is religion is popular only when it ceases to be truly religious. Religion by its very nature is unpopular - certainly unpopular with the ego"
    The Gospa's message for November Monthly Medjugorje Message for November 2000

      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 more Our Lady's message for November and more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

    1 FRIDAY     no. 269
    December 22
    Weekday in
    Late Advent

    2 SATURDAY     no. 270
    December 23
    Late Advent Weekday
    Opt: St. John of Kanty
    3 SUNDAY     no. 271
    December 24
    4th SUNDAY / Evening:
    CHRISTMAS VIGIL

    4 MONDAY     no. 272
    December 25
    NATIVITY OF OUR
    LORD - CHRISTMAS

    5 TUESDAY     no. 273
    December 26
    Saint Stephen
    First Martyr

    6 WEDNESDAY   no. 274
    December 27
    St. John the Evangelist
    Beloved Apostle

    7 THURSDAY     no. 275
    December 28
    Holy Innocents
    Infant Martyrs

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