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THURSDAY      December 23, 1999     SECTION ONE      vol 10, no. 244

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Appreciation of the Old Testament from Ezechiel to Zephaniah

    Today we continue our search to uncover the wonderful treasures of the Church contained in the great Deposit of Faith with our series on the Bible and Sacred Scripture, presenting an overview of each of the Old Testament books, featuring today the Books of Ezechiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habuccuc, and Zephaniah. For the seventy-seventh installment, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

THE BIBLE: THE BOOKS OF EZECHIEL THROUGH SOPHONIA (ZEPHANIAH)

EZECHIEL

DANIEL

HOSEA or OSEE

JOEL

AMOS

OBADIAH or ABDIA

JONAH

MICAH or MICHEA

NAHUM

HABACUC

SOPHONIA or ZEPHANIAH


Events that happened this day in Church History

    On this date 1,380 years ago in 882 Pope Boniface V was elected as the 69th successor of Peter. He was the first Sovereign Pontiff to proclaim "sanctuary" to protect and shelter in the churches those who were being persecuted. By declaring sanctuary, authorities and those who respected Roman law could not pass the threshold to apprehend them. It was also during his pontificate that the self-annointed prophet Mohammed began proselytising a new creed from Allah. Little did Boniface and leaders of the Church know then the great scourge he would penetrate on the Church in the coming centuries. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for December 23:


DAILY LITURGY

    Today is the Final Thursday of Late Advent and the optional feast of the Polish priest Saint John of Kanty. Tomorrow, after observing the Final Friday of Late Advent, we celebrate with the Church the Christmas Vigil on the same date this year that the Jewish Hannukah begins. For the readings, liturgies, and meditations, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, December 23, 1999

Feast of Saint John of Kanty, Priest


November 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. In this time of grace, may the cross be a sign-post of love and unity for you through which true peace comes. That is why, little children, pray especially at this time that little Jesus, the Creator of peace, may be born in your hearts. Only through prayer will you become my apostles of peace in this world without peace. That is why, pray until prayer becomes a joy for you. Thank you for having responded to my call.

The DAILY WORD

"Now Elizabeth's time was fulfilled that she should be delivered, and she brought forth a son. And her neighbors and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had magnified His mercy towards her, and they rejoiced with her. And it came to pass on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to call him by his father's name, Zachary. And his mother answered and said, 'Not so, but he shall be called John.' "

Luke 1: 57-60


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December 23, 1999 volume 10, no. 244  DAILY CATHOLIC