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John’s baptism in water was a baptism of repentance

The word this week

Second Sunday of the Year Is 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34 (Year A)

The saint who was the first to go into the wilderness

St Anthony the Great was tempted by boredom, laziness and phantom women in the desert

Saint of the week

St Anthony the Great (January 17) was one of the most influential people in the early Church

Daily readings: January 11 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

From the moment of his baptism, the life of Jesus was no longer hidden

The word this week

The Baptism of the Lord, Is 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29; Acts 10: 34-38; Mt 3:13-17 (Year A)

The saint who was twice appointed Archbishop of Canterbury

A group of Berbers - St Adrian was a member of the same ethnic group

Saint of the week

St Adrian of Canterbury (January 9) travelled across Britain, teaching Christianity, art, literature and astronomy as he went

Daily readings: January 5 – 11

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Our lives must become the star that brings an unbelieving world into the presence of Christ

The word this week

The Epiphany of the Lord, Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3A, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12 (Year A)

The 20-year-old beheaded after being denounced by her fiancée

St Lucy holds her eyes in this painting by early Renaissance artist Francesco del Cossa

Saint of the week

St Lucy (December 13), a martyr of the Diocletian persecution, was one of the most well-known saints in early modern England

The saint who reinvigorated the Church in the 17th century

St Peter revitalised a Church that had grown lazy in bringing the faith to people

Saint of the week

St Peter Canisius (December 21) was one of the most important Jesuits of his time

Daily readings: December 15-21

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms