Monday, December 24, 2012

CHRISTMAS NOVENA - DAY 8 - PLENARY INDULGENCE




Opening Prayer:

V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without
end.Amen.

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Day 8 Prayers


The Flight into Egypt.
 
O most sweet infant Jesus, whom Herod tried to slay,
carried by St. Joseph with your Mother into Egypt, saved
from death by flight, and glorified by the blood of the
holy innocents. Have mercy on. us.

Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...

 Amen.

FROM THE RACCOLTA OFFICIAL

NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.

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HOLY LAND : CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM BISHOPS AND PATRIARCHS

Christmas message from Heads of Churches of Jerusalem | +Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate,+Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarchate, + Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, Locum Tenens of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate, +Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land, +Archbishop Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem,+Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate, +Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate,+Archbishop Abouna Matthias, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate, +Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate,+Bishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East,+Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land,+Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate,+Bishop Joseph Antoine Kelekian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate,

Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem
iND. CATH. NEWS REPORT:
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF BISHOPS OF HOLY LAND:
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1.14)
We, the Heads of the Churches of Jerusalem, bring you greetings of joy, peace, hope and love from the Land of the Nativity: the Joy and the peace of God that were announced by the heavenly host of Angels in the sky of Bethlehem, the Hope of salvation made possible through the Incarnation of the Word, His Love that was fully embodied, revealed and incarnated through the Babe of Bethlehem.
This was the essence of the message of the incarnation, which descended from on high and revealed the very nature of the Divine, the Holy and the Transcendent. It is through the incarnation of the Word of God that heaven and earth were reconciled and wedded together; it is through the incarnation of the Word that heaven and earth were united and made one, because God has dwelt among God’s people in flesh here on earth. We pray, with our Lord and Saviour, that the whole church may be one and Christians be united under the banner of the Prince of Peace.
Church Fathers taught us that the Word became human so that humans may become divine. Today, humans have the same challenge set before them, yet the only way to become divine is through becoming fully human, thus, human-becoming! This heavenly message is directed towards all of humanity, especially, where humanity is alienated from the divine presence from within, and is called to embody the Joy, Peace, Hope and Love of the Nativity and be able to share them with the whole world.
The message of Christmas is about bringing Joy to all those who mourn and grieve, and about bringing Peace to those who are oppressed and live under occupation and injustices. It is about bringing Hope to those who live without hope and are in despair, and about bringing Love where there is hatred and enmity, particularly to the unloved and the strangers. We especially hold up to God the children and those who are affected by violence and those who live as refugees, and for the end of intolerance, discrimination, and vandalism against all Holy Sites.
We pray at this time of our Christmas celebrations for the situations of conflict and distress throughout the Middle East. Especially, for the people of Syria and for the ending of violence and bloodshed. And here in the Holy Land, we pray that the "Two States" solution may bring peace, security, and reconciliation to both nations.
May there be peace in this region of the Middle East, and all people may see the love of God in face of the other. We hope and pray that all those in authority and their people may walk in the paths of peace and good will for the common good, thus our joy may be complete.
Amen

+Patriarch Theophilos III, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
+Patriarch Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarchate
+ Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, Locum Tenens of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Patriarchate
+Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, ofm, Custos of the Holy Land
+Archbishop Anba Abraham, Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate, Jerusalem
+Archbishop Swerios Malki Murad, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate
+Archbishop Joseph-Jules Zerey, Greek-Melkite-Catholic Patriarchate
+Archbishop Abouna Matthias, Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarchate
+Archbishop Mosa El-Hage, Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate

+Bishop Suheil Dawani, Episcopal Church of Jerusalem and the Middle East
+Bishop Munib Younan, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land
+Bishop Pierre Malki, Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
+Bishop Joseph Antoine Kelekian, Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate
SHARED FROM IND. CATH. NEWS



AUSTRALIA : CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM CARDINAL PELL 2012


+ Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney
24 Dec 2012

Like every other priest and bishop I bring Christ's message of peace and goodness once again this Christmas. Where there is evil, there is less peace, sometimes no peace.
My heart, the hearts of all believers, of all people of good will go out to all those who cannot find peace at this time, especially those who have suffered at the hands of fellow Christians; Christian officials, priests, religious, teachers.
I am deeply sorry this has happened. It is completely contrary to Christ's teachings and I feel too the shock and shame across the community at these revelations of wrong doing and crimes.
We need our faith in God's goodness and love to cope with these disasters, to help those who have been hurt. We need the hope that comes to us from Christ's birth with his call to conversion, to sorrow for sins and the necessity of reparation.
St. Francis of Assisi was an Italian who died in 1226, perhaps the most remarkable follower of Christ in 2000 years. One of his most important contributions was the invention of the Christmas crib, which changed the way we look at God and life.
Mary's son Jesus was not born as a prince, not even in a good middle class home, but in a cave used as a stable at the back of a small residence. Tradition, not the Scriptures, placed an ox and an ass there, but a stable remains a place for animals even when it has been cleaned up.
Francis gave us a greeting which is still used today "peace and goodness"; pax et bonum. These two qualities are linked together inescapably, and best found by following the baby in the stable who grew up to be crucified and rise again.
Christianity is offered to everyone in every age and culture, especially those who are suffering and disadvantaged among us today.
We now know much more about the immensity and age of the universe (13.7 billion years) and, at the other end of things, we understand better how the brain works. This knowledge has also reminded us of how much we do not know, of the oceans of mystery which remain undiscovered.
Christ's message comes at a different level. We do not simply follow the beautiful ideals and abstractions of knowledge and truth, beauty, motherhood. The great truths are simple, open to all, rooted in history, in time and place. We all recognize peace and goodness and St. Francis told us these are linked together and found in a vulnerable powerless baby, whose birth triggered Herod's slaughter of the innocent baby boys around Bethlehem.
The light of Christ shines through this darkness, brings us peace and calls us to goodness and love. It offers strength and healing to every person who suffers. We should never forget this, especially at Christmas.
The ancient hymn is right about Bethlehem.
"Above thy deep and dreamless sleep,
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy darkness shineth,
The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight".
A happy and peaceful Christmas to everyone.
SHARED FROM ARCHDIOCESE OF SYDNEY AUSTRALIA

ASIA : SYRIA : DOZENS KILLED WHILE WAITING FOR BREAD - PRAY FOR PEACE

ASIA NEWS IT REPORT
Opposition claim it was a government plane; Damascus say the attack is the work of terrorists. Halfaya was a zone "liberated" by the rebels. Brahimi is in Damascus for new peace talks. His task seems impossible.


Damascus (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Several dozen people were killed and many more injured in an air strike that hit a long line of people waiting to buy bread from a bakery. Opponents of the regime have accused the Syrian government of the carnage; the State TV is accusing "armed terrorist groups."

The attack, that took place yesterday in Halfaya, near Hama, is one of the most cruel and deadly of all the civil war that has inflamed Syria for 21 months. So far there has been no independent confirmation, since the Damascus government restricts the presence of reporters and correspondents. The rebels had declared Halfaya a "liberated zone " only five days ago.

Videos posted online by activists showed dozens of bloody bodies lying inert under the rubble. The inhabitants of Halfaya say that the dead number at least 90 people, but the toll is likely to grow because many of the wounded are in critical condition.

According to the rebels the regime is desperate and resorting to mass destruction.

As the violence continues, UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has arrived in Damascus by land - for the continued fighting around the international airport in the capital - to continue dialogue for peace and a cease-fire. But his work now seems impossible, rejected by the rebels, who claim to be close to victory, and the Syrian government which contemptuously continues its offensive.

According to opposition activists, the Syrian war has already caused at least 44 thousand deaths, at a rate of 100 deaths per day.


SHARED FROM ASIA NEWS IT

EUROPE : RUSSIA : CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM ARCHBISHOP OF MOSCOW

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE from Catholic Archbishop Pezzi of Moscow: "He who calls you is faithful" (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24). He begins with the words of the Apostle Paul's which reminds us that "God can do anything", as explained by the angel to Mary at the Annunciation. "Even when we are not faithful, He waits, respecting our freedom - we read in the text released by the press service of the Archdiocese - God takes the initiative and comes to us, inviting us to respond with faith ".

"The new man that God has awakened, coming into the world is a man for whom this statement is the center of his life: 'God can do anything.'" "This means that the God we are talking about - he says - is not a God of our imagining, but a living God, who became man in Jesus." The words of the angel to the Virgin - become the beginning of a new asceticism, of a new perspective and a new sense of self for Man. "" The first word, the first step, the authentic initiative - always come from God. Only by accepting this initiative, can we too become part of authentic witnesses of communion with God. Only those who allow God to improve them, will be able to meet the challenges of this world, that argues we can live without God. "
"God has entered into human history in the most unexpected and unimaginable way. He became a child and traveled the path of the human being. Himself has become the path, through which man can reach God". Quoting Pope Benedict XVI the Archbishop says that "God, in Jesus of Nazareth, accepts man and his entire history, and gives us a new beginning."

"He who loves you is faithful - let this consoling truth accompany each one of you, beloved children of God on the path of life. "

"Peace and joy of Christmas Eve come into our homes, filling them with the joy of faith, with mutual brotherly love and the peace of profound hope."

CHRISTMAS EVE MASS ONLINE : MON. DEC. 24, 2012



Luke 1: 67 - 79
67 And his father Zechari'ah was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,
68 "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people,
69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David,
70 as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets from of old,
71 that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;
72 to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath which he swore to our father Abraham,
74 to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people in the forgiveness of their sins,
78 through the tender mercy of our God, when the day shall dawn upon us from on high
79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."

TODAY'S SAINT: DEC. 24: ST. CHARBEL


St. Charbel Makhlouf
MYSTIC AND MARONITE HERMIT
Feast: December 24


Information:
Feast Day:December 24
Born:May 8, 1828, Bekaa Kafra (North Lebanon)
Died:December 24, 1898
Canonized:October 9, 1977 by Pope Paul VI
Mystic and Maronite hermit. He was born in 1828 in Lebanon and became a Maronite monk at Annaya Abbey at the age of twenty. As a hermit, Charbel was famous for his spiritual gifts, even among his Islamic neighbors. He spent almost a quarter century displaying many miraculous abilities and was noted for his love of the Holy Eucharist. Charbel died in 1898. He was beatified in 1965 and canonized in 1977 by Pope Paul VI (r. 1963-1978).