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Daily readings: December 19 – 25

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

At Christmas we are not bystanders

Nativity, by Philippe de Champaigne (CNS photo/Philipp Bernard, Reunion des Musees Nationaux/Art Resource)

The word this week

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 7:10-14; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24

The saint who was tormented by her conscience

The duomo in Brescia, where St Maria tended to the sick

Saint of the week

St Maria di Rosa (December 15) founded the Handmaids of Charity and died at the age of 42, exhausted by her good works

Daily readings: December 12 – 18

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

‘The eyes of the blind shall be opened, the tongues of the dumb sing for joy’

The word this week

Third Sunday of Advent: Isaiah 35: 1-6; James 5: 7-10; Matthew 11: 2-11

Daily Readings December 5 to December 11

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Advent summons us to the joyful hope Isaiah refused to abandon

The word this week

Second Sunday of Advent
Isaiah 11: 1-10; Romans 15: 4-9; Matthew 3: 1-12

The Doctor of the Church who was reluctant to be a bishop

The Doctor of the Church who was reluctant to be a bishop

Saint of the week

St Ambrose was reluctantly made a bishop, but embraced Christianity to become one of the most prominent ecclesiastics of his time

The martyr who gave up worldly fame for the scaffold

Saint of the week

St Ralph Sherwin (December 1)

Daily Readings November 29 to December 4

The week ahead

Ordinary Form Divine Office Week I Monday, November 29: Weekday of Advent Is 4:2-6; Ps 122; Mt 8:5-11 Tuesday, November 30: St Andrew, Apostle, patron of Scotland Rom 10:9-18; Ps 19; Mt 4:18-22 Wednesday, December 1: Weekday of Advent Is 25:6-10a; Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37 Thursday, December 2: Weekday of Advent Is 26:1-6; Ps 118; […]