DAILY CATHOLIC    THURSDAY     December 23, 1999     vol. 10, no. 244

DAILY LITURGY

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Thursday, December 23, 1999

    Thursday December 23:
    Thursday in Late Advent and
    Optional feast of the Polish priest Saint John of Kanty

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      First Reading: Malachi 3: 1-4, 23-24
      Psalms: Psalm 25: 4-5, 8-10, 14
      Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 57-66
    ANTIPHON:

        O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

Feast of Saint John of Kanty, Priest

       This Polish-born priest, also known as John of Cantiusstudied at the University of Cracow before his ordination, then returned to teach Sacred Scripture. Because of his fame as a preacher and great teacher a coup was formed to oust him from his tenure at the University. Nevertheless, his chief interest was souls and therefore he forgave his accusers and tended to the spiritual care of the poor in Cracow until he died on this date in 1473. Pope Clement XII proclaimed him Patron of Poland and Lithuania in 1737 and Pope Clement XIII canonized John in 1767.

Friday, December 24, 1999

      First Reading: 2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14
      Psalms: Psalm 89: 2-5, 27, 29
      Gospel Reading: Luke 1: 67-79
    ANTIPHON:

       O Thou that sittest upon the cherubim, God of hosts, come, show Thy face, and we shall be saved.

    (Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be)

CHRISTMAS VIGIL OF THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD

      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

December 23, 1999       volume 10, no. 244
LITURGY

DAILY CATHOLIC

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