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Beyond the tinsel of Christmas

Beyond the tinsel of Christmas

The word this week

The Nativity of the Lord: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-1
Mary, the Mother of God: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21

Daily readings: December 25 – January 7

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The frail but tireless Sister who worked in the slums of New York

A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

Saint of the week

St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946

Daily readings: December 18 – 24

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

We can never adequately prepare for the coming of the Lord

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Sam 7:1-5 & 8-11; Rm 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

The hermit who lived on a pillar for 33 years

Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

Saint of the week

St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him

Daily readings: December 11 – 17

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Follow Mary through the financial crisis

Mary proclaimed the Magnificat during the Visitation, painted here by Pontormo (1494-1557)

The word this week

Third Sunday of Advent: Is 61:1-2 & 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8 & 19-28

The chaplain to William the Conqueror who established the Sarum Rite

Salisbury, where St Osmund was a humble and orthodox bishop

Saint of the week

St Osmund of Salisbury (December 4) was ‘praised for his wisdom and holiness’

Daily readings: December 4 – 10

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms