Monthly Archives: December 2018

Christmas Eve – Candlelight, Stille Nacht, 200th Anniversary

Christmas Eve Candlelight Homily: On Christmas night, 1818, mice were stirring and chewing through the organ bellows at St. Nicholas in Oberdorf, Austria. For two years parish priest Joseph Mohr had been working on the lyrics to the now famous … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve – A Night in Bethlehem

Homily for Christmas Eve, 3rd-8th grade program, A Night In Bethlehem: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through Bethlehem Every creature was stirring, for what the angels said to them; The promised Messiah was certainly near, As prophets foretold, … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Magnify the Lord

Magnificat anima mea Dominum. “My soul magnifies the Lord,” pregnant Virgin sings. “My life makes the Lord very great, enlarges, amplifies Him. Don’t look at me, look at Him. He is mighty and merciful and holy. He puts down the … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Waiting

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen We wait around all the time. Perhaps at this time of year you have been able to reflect on those new year’s resolutions you made … Continue reading

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Advent 1: Happy New Year

Happy new year!   With the preparations for the birth of Christ, this season of Advent, the new year begins. The King is coming! Are you prepared? While this season of Advent involves preparation for family and friends, it also … Continue reading

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