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The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Mary — December 25, 2016

The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the Son of Mary

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Merry Christmas to all and May the Child Jesus, the God-Child bless you!  Long Live Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother!

Happy Birthday, Jesus! — December 25, 2015

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Little Word of the Lord

Cantique De Noël

O Divine Love,

Who came down from Heaven

Born as an Infant,

Fresh, holy, spotless, little Lamb!

O Divine Love,

Encircled by God’s creatures,

Bowing their heads before Thy Divine Infancy!

Thy Immaculate Mother and Thy Foster-Father

Adore Thee,

Along with the shepherds,

The Magi,

Bearing gifts!

And the Angels on high,

Singing,

Their voices filling the night sky!

Lastly, the star in the sky,

The one the Magi followed,

Shines brightly,

As Thou cooes and laughs

Cries and sleeps!

O Divine Love,

Thou Savior of men,

Our ways Thou amends,

By Thy grace flowing from Thee!

O Savior of men,

my heart is now Thine,

Thy Heart is now mine!

 

JFB

 

Joyeux Anniversaire, Jésus!

Canticle of the Angels of the Nativity —

Canticle of the Angels of the Nativity

Hear ye!  Hear ye!  O men of the earth, made in the Image and Likeness of the Divine Creator, God the Father and Maker of Heaven and earth!  Not only has the Father created thee in His Image and Likeness within thy soul, His Divine Son, Jesus Christ, Savior of men and King of the Universe, has taken on the likeness of thy human flesh in every way but sin!  O what a glorious Mystery!

Yes, O God of Divine Love!  What glorious Mysteries Thou shares with the little ones of the earth!  Behold, Thy Son is in the form of a helpless Babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes by the little Virgin, Who by Thy grace, became His Mother!  Then there is St. Joseph, betrothed to Mary the Virgin, in a chaste union, a safeguard and protector of the Christ Child and His Mother.

What joy St. Joseph must have felt when the Queen of the Universe was given to him in marriage!  What honor he must have felt when he became guardian of the newborn King!

See, little animals, beasts of the earth!  They come to the Holy Family and pay homage to the Infant King!

Men of the earth, where art thou?  Hath none but the beasts of the earth come to do Him homage?  Let us go, not to the cities, for they will scoff, but to the pastures, where our Divine Lord will be properly received, with canticles of love and praise!

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO IN ET TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS BONAE VOLUNTATIS!  O dear shepherds of the fields, simple and poor!  I have great news to tell thee!  God, Who is Mercy and Love, hath come meekly, into the night, as an innocent Infant!  Come, come!  Our sweet Savior hath come hither!  Go, dear shepherds!  Go with haste to see the King!

O the little shepherds go in haste!  To the dwelling of the Holy Family!  A cave, with St. Joseph, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Christ Child in the center with little lambs, sheep and goats surrounding Them!  Now the shepherds peer and marvel at the Father’s greatest Work of Love: His Divine Son as an Infant.  Now, the shepherds go, singing and glorifying the Holy Infant, the Prince of Peace, the little Child with the iron rod to rule all nations!  Love came down from Heaven and landed on earth through the Immaculata!  How joyous!

O Divine God, Thy Love has entered the earth through the Virgin, given as a gift to man for the forgiveness of sins!  How merciful Thou art!  How merciful Thou art!  What other gift could hath been given to satisfy man’s desire for Love?  No other!  The God-Man will do!  GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO IN ET TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS BONAE VOLUNTATIS!

Jésus, tout ce que je veux pour Noël est Toi!

 

JFB

2nd Sunday of Advent: Meditation — December 6, 2015

2nd Sunday of Advent: Meditation

I receive emails from Our Lady of the Rosary Website.  Today, they sent me this email:

“December – dedicated to the Divine Infancy
J.M.J.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS
(From the book “Could You Explain Catholic Practices?”
by Rev. Charles J. Mullaly, S.J. – 1937)

Advent is a season of penance, and of preparation by the Faithful
for the spiritual joy of Christmas. It is a time when the Church admonishes us to lift our hearts to God and to trust in Him who is to free us from our sins.  As Advent is a season of penance, the color of the vestments used at its seasonal Masses is violet and the altar is not decorated with flowers, except on the third Sunday which is called Gaudete, or “Rejoice Sunday,”because the Introit of the Mass of that day reminds us of the near approach of our Lord’s birth: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men. The Lord is nigh.” During this season of penance, as in Lent, the solemn celebration of marriage, that is, with Nuptial Mass, etc., is forbidden.

We should strive ever to emphasize the fact that Christmas is the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The greeting cards we send at the holy season should be a manifestation of our Catholic Faith, an aid to our friends to enter into the spirit of the holy season, and a reminder to them that we are praying that they may know Christ more intimately and love Him more ardently. Your cards to non-Christian friends may be a means of causing them to make inquiries in regard to the real meaning of Christmas.

Christmas derives its name, “Christ’s Mass,” from the Mass offered in
honor of the Birth of Christ. Its early English form was written as “Christes Maesse,” and in the course of the change of the English language it eventually became Christmas. In the earliest days of the Church this feast did not exist. Greater stress was placed on the Feast of the Epiphany, because it commemorates the day on which our Saviour was made known to the Gentiles, when the Wise Men came to adore Him. The Feast of the Nativity came gradually into existence in the fourth century. Its first mention is made by the great Christian writer, Clement of Alexandria, about the year 200, and shows that it was celebrated on May 20. About the year 300, the Latin Church began to observe it on December 25, because an ancient tradition assigns that day as the probable date of the Birth of our Savior.

Love of the Babe of Bethlehem, who was born to redeem us, caused
Catholics, in centuries long gone by, to introduce into our churches a
representation of the crib, the Divine Babe, The Blessed Mother, St.
Joseph, and the Shepherds. St. Francis of Assisi deserves the credit of
making this practice very popular. His zeal prompted him to place at Graccio a representation of the cave of Bethlehem. His plan permitted the
Faithful vividly to grasp the story of Bethlehem and to realize the poverty
and suffering of our Saviour in the bleak, cold stable where He was born.
The plan has spread to churches in all parts of the world.

On  the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, it is customary to put the
statues of the Wise Men beside the crib. In the early Church, this feast
was celebrated with great solemnity because it was the day on which our
Saviour was made known to those who were not of Israel. In the fourth
century, the Feast of the Nativity came into its own and was given first
importance, though in many Catholic countries the custom exists of giving all Christmas presents on the Feast of Epiphany, since on that day the Wise Men brought gifts to our Saviour.

The Christmas tree is of recent origin. It represents for us the Tree
of the Cross. Bethlehem and Calvary are ever associated together in our
Christian thoughts, for Christ was born to die on the Tree of Ignominy and
thus redeem a sinful world. The lights placed upon the Christmas tree have for us a symbolical meaning. They portray the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.

Our modern Santa Claus, a crude, ridiculous figure, can be traced
back to that gentle lover of children–St. Nicholas. This Saint’s feast is
celebrated on December 6, and parents and friends gave children presents on that day. The Dutch settlers in New York brought this custom with them to the New World, and the giving of presents on December 6 and on Christmas Day became somewhat confused. St. Nicholas was contracted into “Santa Claus” and, with the increasing pagan idea of the Yuletide, became the rollicking, bewhiskered figure so alien to the true Christmas spirit.

Let our children look to the Christ Child for their Christmas presents. There is no need of deception here, and of shattering childish faith. The Christ Child exists; He loves the little ones and He wishes them to love Him. We have no use in a Catholic home for the fraudulent Santa Claus and the pagan Christmas he now symbolizes. Let the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ be for young and old a day of spiritual joy and of close union with the Saviour whom we love.

PRAYER TO THE INFANT JESUS
Come to me, O Divine Savior, vouchsafe to be born in my heart.
Grant that, taught by Thine example, and assisted by Thy grace, I may
be poor in spirit and humble of heart. Keep me chaste and obedient.
I wish to live but for Thee. O Mary, my Advocate and Mother, obtain
by thy prayers forgiveness of my past offenses and holy perseverance
unto death. St. Joseph, do thou also pray for me, that I may become
daily more pleasing to Jesus. Amen.”


 

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight” the paths for the Divine Child of the Universe!  Remove anger, malice, and vice from one’s heart and “rejoice in the Lord always”.  Strew flowers around His crib and with the Angels sing “Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will”

GLORIA IN EXCELSIS DEO ET IN TERRA PAX HOMINIBUS BONAE VOLUNTATIS

Contemplation: Jesus, Our Peace, grants us the peace “which surpasses all understanding” and knowledge and in which the world can never give.

Notes to Remember:

A Christmas Tree represents the Tree of ignominy on which Christ died.

Christmas Lights represent the Light of the world, Christ Himself.

The Christ Child will give presents to good children… and good adults!