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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

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)