Friday, December 21, 2018

December 21

Saint Peter Canisius, priest, Doctor of the Church (1521-1597)

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 64:7-22
Mass: Sg 2:8-14 or Zp 3:14-18a; Resp Ps 33; Lk 1:39-45

O my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, Let me see you, let me hear your voice, For your voice is sweet, and you are lovely.

Elizabeth was a woman of silence, prayer, listening, and action: 'For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.' O 'Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.' May we be a people of silence, prayer, listening, and action.

Marana tha! Come, Lord, Jesus!

Hear in kindness, O Lord,
the prayers of your people,
that those who rejoice
at the coming of your Only Begotten Son in our flesh
may, when at last he comes in glory,
gain the reward of eternal life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity 
of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Collect, Mass)

We continue on this fourth day before Christmas with the 'O' Antiphons and praise O Rising Dawn.

O Rising Dawn, splendor of eternal Light and Sun of Justice: come and illuminate those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

Saint Peter Canisius, pray for us. 

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