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CHRISTMAS ISSUE      December 23-27, 1998      SECTION ONE       vol 9, no. 248

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGES

from FATHER STEPHEN VALENTA, OFM CONV.

Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv.

from SISTER MARY LUCY ASTUTO

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

from FATHER AL SVOBODNY, OMI

Father Al Svobodny, OMI

from CYNDI CAIN

Cyndi Cain

from the EDITOR

Michael Cain


PRAYER & DEVOTIONS

      For the special Novena Prayer for the days covered in this issue during this time of preparation in Late Advent and for the Christmas Novena, coinciding with the Eighth and Ninth Days of Las Posadas in preparation for the Solemnity of the Nativity of Jesus, click on ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS NOVENA

ADVENT NOVENA PRAYER

PRAYER for December 23: Fourth Wednesday of Advent

PRAYER for December 24: Fourth Thursday of Advent - CHRISTMAS EVE

CHRISTMAS NOVENA (LAS POSADAS) PRAYERS

The earliest ecclesiastical novena of which the Church has on record is the Christmas novena, which 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.

PRAYER for December 23: EIGHTH DAY OF LAS POSADAS

PRAYER for December 24: NINTH DAY OF LAS POSADAS

PRAYER for December 25: CHRISTMAS: THE SOLEMNITY OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD


TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

DECEMBER 25:
"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.

DECEMBER 26:
"On the second day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, two turtledoves."

   The two turtledoves represent the Old and New Testaments - the Word of God which over the years has been so watered down by "interpretations and political correctness" that often it loses its true meaning and must be properly discerned through the Church's reliance on the Holy Spirit.

DECEMBER 27:
"On the third day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, three French hens."

   The three French hens represent the Three theological Virtues of FAITH, HOPE and CHARITY which enabled Catholics to stay in the state of grace by practicing and promulgating these vital virtues when the sacraments were not readily available.

December 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE

WORD OF THE DAY

"And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn."

Luke 2: 7


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December 23-27, 1998 volume 9, no. 248   DAILY CATHOLIC