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Advent Week 3

We beseech thee to listen to our prayers, O Lord, and by the grace of thy coming enlighten our darkened minds: Thou who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

Advent Week 2

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the paths of thine Only-begotten Son: that we may worthily serve thee with hearts purified by His coming: Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Happy New Year!

The Archdiocese of Saint Louis has prepared a gift for each of you. Visit this online Advent Calendar each day for a special prayer (and possibly some special giveaways) for you and yours this holiday season.
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Advent Week 1

Stir up thy power, O Lord, and come, that by thy protection we may be rescued from the dangers that beset us through our sins; and be a Redeemer to deliver us; Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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Je Suis L'Immaculee Conception

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Prayer of the Immaculate Conception
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for thy Son, we beseech thee that, as by the foreseen death of this, thy Son, thou didst preserve her from all stain, so too thou wouldst permit us, purified through her intercession, to come unto thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

On November 27, 1830 in Paris, Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine. An large oval surrounded The Virgin along with these words in gold: O Marie conçue sans péché priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous. (O Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you.)

On March 25, 1858 in Lourdes, Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette saying: Que soy era Immaculada Conception. (I am the Immaculate Conception.)

Lourdes was heavenly confirmation of the 1854 Dogma of the Immaculate Conception:

. . . in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin.

Happy St. Nicholas Day

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Today is the Feast of St. Nicholas. If you are still looking for some fun activities for your kids, or just more info on St. Nick, head to the St. Nicholas Center.

Don’t miss Paper Dali’s St. Nicholas paper doll who’s just waiting to be a part of your St. Nick celebration.

Start the new year with a 2012-2013 Liturgical Calendar

 

Michele Quigley, known for her beautiful Catholic Daily Planner, has posted printable 2012-2013 liturgical calendars for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the liturgy.

While your there, don’t miss her Jesse Tree ornaments, and O Antiphon coloring pages.

Thanks, Michele!

A Visit from the Christ Child

A Visit from the Christ Child is my husband’s adaptation of the Clement Moore classic, A Visit from St. Nick. Written in 1986, the year we married and started our own family, this rewrite puts focus where it belongs — the coming of Our Savior Jesus Christ.

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A Visit from the Christ Child

by Père Robért
(for Maria, Ida, Isabel, Maxine, Crozet & Audrey)

Twas the morning of Christmas, when all through the house
All the family was frantic, including my spouse;
For each one of them had one thing only in mind,
To examine the presents St. Nick left behind.

The boxes and wrapping and ribbons and toys
Were strewn on the floor, and the volume of noise
Increased as our children began a big fight
Over who got the video games, who got the bike.

I looked at my watch and I said, slightly nervous,
“Let’s get ready for church, so we won’t miss the service.”
The children protested, “We don’t want to pray:
We’ve just got our presents, and we want to play!”

It dawned on me then that we had gone astray,
In confusing the purpose of this special day;
Our presents were many and very high-priced
But something was missing — that something was Christ!
I said, “Put the gifts down and let’s gather together,
And I’ll tell you a tale of the greatest gift ever.

“A savior was promised when Adam first sinned,
And the hopes of the world upon Jesus were pinned.
Abraham begat Isaac, who Jacob begat,
And through David the line went to Joseph, whereat
This carpenter married a maiden with child,
Who yet was a virgin, in no way defiled.

“Saying ‘Hail, full of Grace,’ an archangel appeared
To Mary the Blessed, among women revered:
The Lord willed she would bear — through the Spirit — a son.
Said Mary to Gabriel, ‘God’s will be done.’

“Now Caesar commanded a tax would be paid,
And all would go home while the census was made;
Thus Joseph and Mary did leave Galilee
For the city of David to pay this new fee.

“Mary’s time had arrived, but the inn had no room,
So she laid in a manger the fruit of her womb;
And both Joseph and Mary admired as He napped
The Light of the World in his swaddling clothes wrapped.

“Three wise men from the East had come looking for news
Of the birth of the Savior, the King of the Jews;
They carried great gifts as they followed a star –
Gold, frankincense, myrrh, which they’d brought from afar.

“As the shepherds watched over their flocks on that night,
The glory of God shone upon them quite bright,
And an angel explained the intent of the birth,
Saying, ‘Glory to God and His peace to the earth.’

“For this was the Messiah whom prophets foretold,
A good shepherd to bring his sheep back to the fold;
He was God become man, He would die on the cross,
He would rise from the dead to restore Adam’s loss.

“Santa Claus, Christmas presents, a brightly lit pine,
Candy canes and spiked eggnog are all very fine;
Let’s have fun celebrating, but leave not a doubt
That Christ is what Christmas is really about!”

The children right then put an end to the noise,
They dressed quickly for church, put away all their toys;
For they knew Jesus loved them and said they were glad
That He’d died for their sins, and to save their dear Dad.

Copyright ©1986, F.R. Duplantier

 

 

A beautiful ‘O Antiphon coloring page

Free ‘O Antiphon coloring page from Illuminated Ink:

As a special “THANK YOU” to all our loyal friends and fans, we are making our ‘O Antiphon’ coloring page available for a very short time! You have until midnight, December 23rd… and then it will disappear again, until who knows when! Just right click on the image, and select “print”. This image is for your own personal family’s use, or classroom use, ONLY.

Thank you, Frances!

Paper . . . rock . . . scissors

Skip the rock!

If you love paper as much as I do, you’ll love these links!

For tomorrow’s Feast of St. Nicholas, you will want to head to Paper Dali for a free, downloadable, ready to cut and color:

Then head to Papertoys.com where you’ll find more free paper stuff for kids and grown ups. Line up your little elves and get to work on these fun Christmas projects:

There’s lots more, but these were my favorites.

Enjoy!

Second Sunday of Advent

First Reading: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
Psalm: Psalm 85:9-14
Second Reading: 2 Peter 3:8-14
Gospel: Mark 1:1-8

First Sunday of Advent

First Reading: Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7
Psalm: Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Gospel: Mark 13:33-37

Got candles?

Happy New Year!

Tomorrow, Advent 2011 begins along with the launch of the new translation of the Roman Missal. Our Advent wreath is hanging and ready, and nativities, minus the baby Jesus, are up.

So, are you ready?

Fourth Sunday of Advent

advent week 1O Lord, stir up Thy power, we pray Thee, and come; and with great might help us, that with the help of Thy Grace, Thy merciful forgiveness may hasten what our sins impede. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.