CHRISTMAS NOVENA DAY 7. Dec. 23 GOSPEL, COMMENTARY AND ADVENT READING.
Dear brethren in Christ, as preparation for Christmas, below you have the corresponding Antiphon, Opening prayer and Gospel reading of the Mass and the daily 2nd reading of the Divine Office for meditation.
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- Antiphon: Cfr Is 9, 6; Sal 71, 17
- Gospel reading from St. Luke 1:57-66: The Birth of John the Baptist
- Advent Reading: At a time and in a manner chosen by him God made his Word manifest, and through his Word he made all things. (St. Hippolytus)
A child shall be born for us, and he will be called God, the Almighty; every tribe of the earth shall be blest in him.
“When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her. When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, “No. He will be called John.” But they answered her, “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.” So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,” and all were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Then fear came upon all their neighbors, and all these matters were discussed throughout the hill country of Judea. All who heard these things took them to heart, saying, “What, then, will this child be? For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.”
Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.
The Hidden Sacrament is revealed.
There is, brethren, one God, the knowledge of whom we gain from the Holy Scriptures and from no other source. Whatever things the Holy Scriptures declare, at these let us look; and whatever they teach, let us learn it; and as the Father wills our belief to be, let us believe; and as he wills the Son to be glorified, let us glorify him; and as he wills the Holy Spirit to be bestowed, let us receive him. Not according to our own will, nor according to our own mind, nor yet storming by force the things which are given by God, but even as he has chosen to teach them by the Holy Scriptures, so let us discern them.
God, subsisting alone, and having nothing coeval with himself, chose to create the world. And conceiving the world in mind, and willing and uttering the Word, he made it; and at once it appeared, formed it in the way he desired. For us it is sufficient simply to know that nothing was coeval with God. Outside him there was nothing; but he, while existing alone, yet existed in plurality. For he did not lack reason, or wisdom, or power, or counsel. All things were in him, and he was the All. At a time and in a manner chosen by him he made his Word manifest, and through his Word he made all things.
He bears this Word in himself, as yet invisible to the created world. He makes him visible, uttering the voice first, and begetting him as Light of Light. He presents him to the world as its Lord; and whereas the Word was visible formerly to God alone, and invisible to the world which is made, God makes the Word visible in order that the world might see him and be able to be saved.
This is the mind which came forth into the world and was manifested as the Son of God. All things came into being through him, and he alone comes from the Father.
He gave us the Law and the prophets; and in giving them, he made them speak by the Holy Ghost, in order that, receiving the inspiration of the Father’s power, they might declare the Father’s counsel and will.
Thus, then, was the Word made manifest, even as the blessed John says. For he sums up the things that were said by the prophets, and shows that this is the Word, by whom all things were made. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. All things were made by him, and without him nothing was made. And later, The world was made by him, and the world did not know him; he came to his own, and his own did not receive him.
℟. A child shall be born for us, and this is the name they shall give him: Mighty God.*He shall sit upon the throne of David, his father, and rule; dominion shall be laid upon his shoulders.
℣. All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men.* He shall sit upon the throne of David, his father, and rule; dominion shall be laid upon his shoulders.
4. VIDEO COMMENTARY: HAVE YOU DISCOVERED YOUR MISSION IN LIFE THROUGH THE NAME YOUR PARENTS GAVE YOU?
In today’s gospel reading (Luke 1:57-66), the relatives of Zechariah and Elizabeth disagreed over the name of their baby. They were surprised that the name given – John – did not follow tradition, that is, using the father’s name Zechariah. It was the name given to Zechariah by the angel and it means “the Lord is gracious.”
Almighty ever-living God, as we see how the Nativity of your Son according to the flesh draws near, we pray that to us, your unworthy servants, mercy may flow from your Word, who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary and establish among us his dwelling, Jesus Christ our Lord. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
AUDIO CREDIT: O Come all ye Faithful, rendition by Jingle Punk, YouTube Audio library
PHOTO CREDIT AND SOURCE:
Peter Paul Reubens, Adoration of the Shepherds in https://uploads7.wikiart.org/images/peter-paul-rubens/adoration-of-the-shepherds-2.jpg ; and Adoration of the Magi in http://www.catholictradition.org/Christmas/adoration13.jpg
Raphael Mengs, Adoration of the Shepherds in http://paintingdb.com/art/xl/9/8997.jpg
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