Saturday, Third week of Advent

JMJ

Blessed St. Peter Canisius’ Day!
(and Ember Saturday)

You can find his story here.

O Rising Dawn,
Splendor of eternal light
And Sun of justice
Come to give light to those sitting in darkness
And in the shadow of death

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things concerning the churches.
I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star.”
~Revelation 22:16

(see also Isaiah 9:1, John 8:12 & 12:46, Psalm 19:6-7)

Entrance Antiphon:
The Lord and Ruler will be coming soon,
and His Name will be called Emmanuel,
because He will be God-with-us.

Collect:
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.

Readings:
Song of Songs: 2:8-14 (Hark! my Beloved comes, springing across the mountains)
or Zephaniah 3:14-18 (The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst.)
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21 “Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to Him a new song”
+ Luke 1:39-45 (And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?)

Our faith is not a dull, dry thing.

There’s no more vibrant life
than that which springs
to action
imitating God,
Who leaps the hills
in eager joy
to win
His cherished Bride!

This is the life of faith,
the confidence
of being loved
that draws us out
to shout His praise,
to live for Him,
as Mary did,
so others
may be blessed.

Would people watching me think faith is a dull, dry thing
or can they see the joy of the Lord in me?
How can I become more aware of how deeply I’m loved?

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