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The 'O' Antiphons - O Emmanuel

The 'O' Antiphons - O Emmanuel

Christmas / Advent

LATIN: O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.

The 'O' Antiphons - O Rex Gentium

The 'O' Antiphons - O Rex Gentium

Christmas / Advent

LATIN: O Rex gentium, et desideratus earum, lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum: veni, et salva hominem, quem de limo formasti.

The 'O' Antiphons - O Oriens

The 'O' Antiphons - O Oriens

Christmas / Advent

LATIN: O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae, et sol iustitiae: veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris et umbra mortis.

The 'O' Antiphons - O Clavis David

The 'O' Antiphons - O Clavis David

Christmas / Advent

LATIN: O clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel: qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, ...

The 'O' Antiphons - O Radix Jesse

The 'O' Antiphons - O Radix Jesse

Christmas / Advent

LATIN: O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli ...

The 'O' Antiphons - O Adonai

The 'O' Antiphons - O Adonai

Christmas / Advent

LATIN: O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel, qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti, et ei in Sina legem dedisti: veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.

The 'O' Antiphons - O Sapientia

The 'O' Antiphons - O Sapientia

Christmas / Advent

LATIN: O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodidisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviter disponensque omnia: veni ad docendum nos ...

What is Pope Francis doing for Christmas?

What is Pope Francis doing for Christmas? Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Vatican has released news of this year's Christmas tree, Nativity scene and Pope Francis' plans to celebrate the reason for the season.

Life is an Advent Search for God: The Importance of Effort

Life is an Advent Search for God: The Importance of Effort Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Frederick Bartels

Advent is about seeking God, the most noble of all pursuits. Nevertheless, such a pursuit is one in which we are engaged each day, not merely ...

Advent: A Time To Seek Answers To Humankind's Most Pressing Questions

Advent: A Time To Seek Answers To Humankind's Most Pressing Questions Watch

Christmas / Advent

By F. K. Bartels

When Pilate questioned Jesus, "'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the ...

Jesus Christ is Lord: Time to Move From Thanksgiving to Christ the King to Advent

Jesus Christ is Lord: Time to Move From Thanksgiving to Christ the King to Advent Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

As we choose to live liturgically, moving through life in the flow of the liturgical calendar, we can experience the deeper mystery and meaning of ...

Pope St Leo the Great: Christian, Remember Your Dignity

Pope St Leo the Great: Christian, Remember Your Dignity

Christmas / Advent

By Pope St Leo the Great

Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God's own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition. Bear in mind who is ...

Fr Peter M. J. Stravinskas: Epiphany and the Missionary Mandate of the Church

Fr Peter M. J. Stravinskas: Epiphany and the Missionary Mandate of the Church

Christmas / Advent

By Fr Peter M. J. Stravinskas,Ph.D., S.T.D.

Today the Magi bring the Infant Lord gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and I am sure these pleased the Heart of God.  But if those ...

Love is Born on Christmas Morn and the World is Born Again

Love is Born on Christmas Morn and the World is Born Again Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

On the wonderful day called Christ-Mass, the world pauses at a manger. The great event of the Nativity of the Lord touches every man, woman and ...

Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christmas: In the Fullness of Time a Savior Has Come

Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Christmas: In the Fullness of Time a Savior Has Come Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Father Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Permit me to make a suggestion.  Give yourself a Christmas gift this year - the gift of spiritual homelessness, so that God can give you a ...

Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus was an Embryonic Person

Redeemer in the Womb: Jesus was an Embryonic Person Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Tomorrow we  commemorate the Nativity of the Lord. Let us always remember the incredible truth revealed in the Mystery which we celebrate, there ...

Amazing Realities of Christmas and the Incarnation

Amazing Realities of Christmas and the Incarnation Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Michael Terheyden

When we think of the birth of Christ in terms of the Incarnation, our understanding of Christmas changes. It is no longer a remote event. It is near ...

Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

Christmas / Advent

By F. K. Bartels

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to ...

Gaudete Sunday: We Rejoice Because the Lord is Always Near

Gaudete Sunday: We Rejoice Because the Lord is Always Near Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Christian joy does not depend on circumstances, but on relationship. A relationship with the Lord who always comes to those who have eyes opened ...

Learning from Elijah in the Advent Season of Life

Learning from Elijah in the Advent Season of Life Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I spend a lot of time under the broom tree as I grow older. I see it as a holy place, a place of invitation, in the unfolding loving plan of God ...

ADVENT CONVERSION: Is it Possible to Stop Sinning? 5 Ways we can Sin Less

ADVENT CONVERSION: Is it Possible to Stop Sinning? 5 Ways we can Sin Less

Christmas / Advent

By Fr Samuel Medley SOLT

The Sacred Liturgy for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and also for the holy season of Advent points us to stop sinning. Make straight the ...

Archbishop  JOSÉ H. GOMEZ: Advent is Always a Season of Mary

Archbishop JOSÉ H. GOMEZ: Advent is Always a Season of Mary

Christmas / Advent

By Archbishop JOSÉ H. GOMEZ

St. Thomas Aquinas used to say that besides God our Father, Mary is the only other one who could rightly call Jesus, 'Son.' Because she is the mother ...

100 Best Recordings of Sacred Music

100 Best Recordings of Sacred Music Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deal W. Hudson

No matter how fine the music, say Bach's Mass in B minor, a poor performance will leave the listener wondering where the "greatness" went. So the ...

Outrageous and shocking: New-age Advent calendars stray away from Advent's true meaning

Outrageous and shocking: New-age Advent calendars stray away from Advent's true meaning Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The anticipation is brewing and the time is amongst us. Advent is a time to come together to celebrate the anniversary of the Lord's coming into the ...

John the Baptizer shows us the way to Happiness and Freedom

John the Baptizer shows us the way to Happiness and Freedom Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Too often we associate repentance with some kind of wrong- headed self hatred. To the contrary, for those who have been schooled in its lessons like ...

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary Lights The Path To A Fruitful Advent

The Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception: The Virgin Mary Lights The Path To A Fruitful Advent Watch

Christmas / Advent

By F. K. Bartels

The Church, explains John Paul II, "proceeds along the path already trodden by the Virgin Mary, who 'advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and loyally ...

100 Best Catholic Movies

100 Best Catholic Movies

Christmas / Advent

By Deal W. Hudson

It's regrettable that Catholic educators have yet to regard cinema as an important artistic tradition, one that should be studied along with ...

John the Baptist is our Advent Teacher on the Way of Happiness

John the Baptist is our Advent Teacher on the Way of Happiness Watch

Christmas / Advent

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

Advent is a reminder of the road along which we walk this Christian life and vocation. Bernard was right. We live in that intermediate time ...