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Second Sunday of the Year: Is 49:5-6; 1 Cor 1:1-3; Jn 1:29-34

St Benedict was entranced by the monks at Lérins, on the island of St Honorat, near Cannes

St Benedict Biscop (January 12) travelled extensively, and was thus able to introduce the practices of Roman and Frankish Christianity into Northumberland

Daily readings: January 9 – 15

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Baptism of the Lord: Is 42: 1-4 & 6-7; Acts 10: 34-38; Mt 3: 13-17

The Stoning of St Stephen by Paolo Uccello

St Stephen, the first Christian martyr

St Stephen (December 26) was hauled up before a Jewish court for rejecting sacrificial worship

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The Feasts of the Nativity and Holy Family: Various readings

The Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos

St Dominic of Silos (December 20) is an example of the remarkable possibilities open to low-born talent in the medieval Church

Daily readings: December 19 – 25

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

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

At Christmas we are not bystanders

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