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SUNDAY-SATURDAY    December 22 - January 4, 2003     Volume 13, no. 148
Fourth Sunday of Advent leading to the Nativity of Jesus Christ and Christmastide
A Blessed, Grace-filled Christmas and Fruitful New Year to All

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Traditional Liturgical Calendar

SUNDAY - December 22: Semi-Double Fourth Sunday of Advent
MONDAY - December 23: Traditional Double of the Second Class Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, Virgin, Religious Founder, and Educator [moved to Monday]
TUESDAY - December 24:  Vigil of the Nativity - Day of Fast and Abstinence
THURSDAY - December 26: Double of the Second Class Feast of Saint Stephen, First Martyr of the Church - Within the Octave FRIDAY - December 27:  Double of the Second Class Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist (Fast and Abstinence) - Within the Octave
SATURDAY - December 28:  Double of the Second Class Feast of The Holy Innocents - within the Octave
For this first week, see Proper of the Saints and Season for Dec 22-28
SUNDAY - December 29: Traditional Semi-Double Observance of the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, and Feast of Saint Thomas Becket, Bishop of Canterbury and Martyr
MONDAY - December 30: Traditional Semi-Double observance within the Octave TUESDAY - December 31: Double Feast of Pope Saint Sylvester I and within the Octave - New Year's Eve
WEDNESDAY - January 1, 2003:   New Year's Day - Octave Day of Christmas - Traditional Double of the Second Class Feast of
The CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD - Holy Day of Obligation
THURSDAY - January 2: Traditional Simple Feast of the Octave Day of Saint Stephen, First Martyr FRIDAY - January 3:  Traditional Simple Feast of the Octave Day of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist - FIRST FRIDAY (Fast and Abstinence)
SATURDAY - January 4:  Traditional Simple Feast of the Octave Day of The Holy Innocents - FIRST SATURDAY
      Advent winds down quickly with the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The Greater Antiphons are completed on the Traditional Feast of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini leading into the Vigil of Christmas which traditionally has always been a day of fast and abstinence. The Wondrous Feast of Christmas follows with Midnight Mass, then Mass at Dawn and Morning Mass to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the little town of Bethlehem in the wooden tabernacle of a feed trough.

During Christmastide, or 12 Days of Christmas leading up to the Feast of the Epiphany is the Feasts of Saint Stephen, Saint John and the Holy Innocents leading up to the Circumcision of the Lord on New Year's Day, followed by the Octave Days of the three feasts after Christmas.

HAPPY 2003!

  In this, our year-end edition, we traditionally suspend our regular features to present special Christmas Messages from our outstanding regular contributing writers. Other features, series and articles will resume with our January 5th issue in 2003.

Editor Michael Cain and his bride Cyndi present a present to contemplate: From the wood of the manger to the wood of the cross Jesus made it possible for everyone of us to know Him, love Him and be happy with Him in this world and the next. If only we would. They share in One Solitary Life

Father Louis Campbell reveals in his poignant sermon for Christmas how the world's rejection of providing a place for the Holy Family was, in reality, a great blessing for those who embrace the fullness of Christ's coming the first time and the significance of His awaited Second Coming. Father explains in his sermon for the Nativity No Room In the Inn. As a Christmas bonus, he also provides for the following Sunday Within the Octave his sermon "Good Tidings of Great Joy!"

Atila Sinke Guimar„es delves beneath all the glitter and hype to discover the quiet truth reflected in the faces of the nativity figures in a small creche in his office. He shares the awe and wonders of the simple creche scene as he shares the journey with us in which in total supernatural peace he sailed into meditative calm In a Sea of Peace.

Dr. Marian Therese Horvat focuses on a special nativity icon that carries miraculous history with it in a church where the altar was erected in Rome for the future Infant-God by none other than the pagan Roman Emperor Caesar Octavian Augustus before the Christ-child was born. It remains today to commemorate the King of Kings born in his reign as Marian explains in Ara Coeli - The Altar of the Heavens for the Santo Bambino.

Dr. Thomas Droleskey delves into the meaning of the liturgical calendar in relation to the Birth of the Savior and how, in her wisdom, Holy Mother Church established such a perfect plan of the liturgy for the Christmas Season. Tom explains that If our life is not Christ-centered in every waking way then chaos will prevail precicely because the Christ-child has been abandoned, ignored, mocked, and reviled as he explains in Behold the Child

Dr. Edward Ciaccio illustrates the meaning of family and how it relates to the Holy Family in all aspects and that it is in our exemplification of role models in our lives that will determine if our family ties with the Holy Family are strong, lasting, and bear good fruit as he shows in The Holy Family

Mario Derksen points out what the word "Christmas" means. It is "Christ's Mass" and so many have forgotten that. Like the secularization of Christmas, the New Order of the Mass has abandoned the traditions. Mario asserts that those, who profess the meaning of Christmas in word while in deed deny it, are lukewarm Scrooges who fail to comprehend the Angels' mission to announce the Feast of God, not man. He explains in The Reason for the Season: CHRIST'S MASS!"

Dr. Frank Joseph emphasizes that no present is more important than being able to breathe and proclaim Christ is God. For those who do not place at the foot of the holy manger the vital Christmas gift of praying, upholding, and fighting for the lives of the unborn, they can well expect the prospect of receiving, in God's time, the lumps of eternal coal in the infernal furnace as Frank affirms in The Gift of Life.

Catharine Lamb shares cultural customs of Christmas that have been in vogue for centuries. No matter our roots, race or culture, the universality of the Mother tongue of the Church has always provided a sense of total unity through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Just as the Christ Child was the unifying force for good, so also the Latin Mass is the unifier of preserving all that has been taught and passed down. She shows how this is not possible in the New Rite called the vernacualr Novus Ordo in Have Yourself a Multicultural Christmas

    The "Twelve Days of Christmas" were actually a secret catechism code sung by Roman Catholics after the Reformation in countries such as in England and during the French Revolution where they were not allowed to practice their Faith. Thus, to communicate with fellow Catholics and truly celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ as the Savior in the Catholic tradition without fear of reprisal, they formed this "carol" which represented "religious reality" in symbols. The day is coming when loyal Catholics may have to revert to such a code once more to uphold the Truths and Traditions of Holy Mother Church. For the meanings of the 12 days, see Twelve Days of Christmas.

      With apologies to Clement Moore we present a 33-stanza parody of his traditional poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to show that nothing is traditional anymore in the post-conciliar Church. We also hope, through this traditional parody, you will understand more fuly why our family and The DAILY CATHOLIC have returned fully to all Holy Mother Church taught for nearly two millennia prior to the disaster known as the Second Vatican Council. We tell the story in 'Twas the Night of the Clutter!

See you "Next Year"
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