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Daily readings: December 15-21

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

During Advent let us acknowledge the many signs of Christ’s presence in our midst

The word this week

The Third Sunday of Advent, Is 35:1-6, 10; Ps 146; Jas 5:7-10; Mt 11:2-11 (Year A)

Without repentance during Advent the Christmas we prepare for is mere tinsel

The word this week

The Second Sunday of Advent: Is 11:1-10; Ps 72; Rm 15:4-9; Mt 3:1-12 (Year A)

Daily readings: December 8-14

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The saint known as the ‘golden speaker’

An icon of St John of Damascus, who was a vigorous opponent of the iconoclasts

Saint of the week

St John of Damascus (December 4) was declared a Doctor of the Church by Leo XIII in 1883

Daily readings: December 1-7

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

The prayer for the First Sunday of Advent summons the faithful to a spirit of expectation

The word this week

The First Sunday of the Year, Is 2:1-5; Ps 122; Rm 13:11-14; Mt 24:37-44 (Year A)

The saint who is venerated by both Catholics and the Orthodox

A detail from the Mystic Marriage of St Catherine of Alexandria and St Catherine of Siena by the Italian Renaissance painter of the Milanese school Ambrogio Bergognone

Saint of the week

St Catherine of Alexandria (November 25) is also known as St Catherine of the Wheel

Daily readings: November 24-30

The week ahead

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Christ’s death and Resurrection have taken us out of the power of darkness and has enabled us to inherit the light

The word this week

Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 2 Sm 5:1-3; Ps 122; Col 1:12-20; Lk 23:35-43 (Year C)