Monday, December 31, 2018

Pope Francis at Vespers and Te Deum "Love of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, to whom tonight Holy Mother Church elevates her hymn..." FULL TEXT + Video


FIRST VESPERS OF THE SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
AND TE DEUM OF THANKS FOR THE YEAR TRANSFER

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Vatican Basilica
Monday, 31 December 2018


At the end of the year, the Word of God accompanies us with these two verses of the Apostle Paul (cf. Gal 4: 4-5). They are concise and dense expressions: a synthesis of the New Testament that gives meaning to a "critical" moment as it is always a passing of the year.

The first expression that strikes us is "fullness of time". It assumes a particular resonance in these final hours of a solar year, in which even more we feel the need for something that makes sense of the passage of time. Something or, better, someone. And this "someone" came, God sent him: he is "his Son", Jesus. We have recently celebrated his birth: he was born of a woman, the Virgin Mary; He was born under the Law, a Jewish child, subject to the Law of the Lord. How is it possible? How can this be the sign of the "fullness of time"? Of course, for the moment it is almost invisible and insignificant, but within a little more than thirty years, that Jesus will unleash an unprecedented force, which lasts and will last throughout history: the power of Love. It is love that gives fullness to everything, even to time; and Jesus is the "concentrate" of all the love of God in a human being.

St. Paul says clearly why the Son of God was born in time, what is the mission that the Father gave him to do: he was born "to redeem". This is the second word that strikes: to redeem, that is, to get out of a condition of slavery and return to the freedom, dignity and freedom of children. The slavery that the apostle has in mind is that of the "Law", understood as a set of precepts to be observed, a law that certainly educates man, is pedagogical, but does not free him from his condition as a sinner, indeed, for this to say "nail" him to this condition, preventing him from reaching his son's freedom.

God has sent his Only Son in the world to uproot the ancient slavery of sin from the heart of man and thus restore his dignity. In fact, from the human heart - as Jesus teaches in the Gospel (cf. Mk 7: 21-23) - all evil intentions, the iniquities that corrupt life and relationships come out.

And here we must stop, stop and reflect with pain and repentance because, even during this year that draws to a close, so many men and women have lived and live in conditions of slavery, unworthy of human beings.

Even in our city of Rome there are brothers and sisters who, for various reasons, are in this state. I think, in particular, to those who live without a home. They are more than ten thousand. In winter their situation is particularly harsh. They are all sons and daughters of God, but different forms of slavery, sometimes very complex, have led them to live on the edge of human dignity. Even Jesus was born in a similar condition, but not by chance, or by an accident: he wanted to be born this way, to manifest the love of God for the little ones and the poor, and thus throw into the world the seed of the Kingdom of God, Kingdom of justice, love and peace, where no one is a slave, but all are brothers, sons of the one Father.

The Church in Rome does not want to be indifferent to the slavery of our time, nor simply to observe and assist them, but wants to be within this reality, close to these people and these situations. Proximity, maternal.

I like to encourage this form of the motherhood of the Church as we celebrate the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary. Contemplating this mystery, we recognize that God is "born of a woman" so that we could receive the fullness of our humanity, "adoption as children". From his lowering we have been relieved. Our greatness has come from his smallness. From his fragility, our strength. From his becoming a servant, our freedom.

What name to give to all this, if not Love? Love of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, to whom tonight the Holy Mother Church elevates her hymn of praise and thanksgiving throughout the world.

Are you Traveling? Prayer to St. Christopher for #SafeTravels and #Motorists - #Driving Prayers to SHARE

Saint Christopher Prayer"Motorist's Prayer:" Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by. Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of Thine. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company from the evils of fire and all calamity.Teach me to use my car for others need; Nor miss through love of undue speed. The beauty of the world; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me, and lead me safely to my destiny.
Saint Christopher's Protection Prayer
 Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today in all my travels along the road's way. Give your warning sign if danger is near so that I may stop while the path is clear. Be at my window and direct me through when the vision blurs From out of the blue. Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace. Amen.


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 St. Christopher's Prayer
O Glorious St. Christopher you have inherited a beautiful name, Christbearer, as a result of the wonderful legend that while carrying people across a raging stream you also carried the Child Jesus. Teach us to be true Christbearers to those who do not know Him. Protect all of us that travel both near and far and petition Jesus to be with us always. Amen.

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Gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year's Eve - #PlenaryIndulgence

Plenary Indulgences for 31 December 
The Enchiridion Indulgentiarum 26 indicates that we can gain plenary indulgences on the 31 December. (Video Below)
A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, recite or sing the Te Deum
Under the usual conditions, a plenary indulgence can be gained:
1. Sacramental confession within eight days
2. A prescribed good work (for Dec. 31 the recital of the Te Deum)
3. Sacramental Holy Communion within eight days.
4. Prayers for the intentions of the Roman Pope (usually 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be)
5. Detestation of venial sin 

TE DEUM PRAYER in Latin and English
Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.O God, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates;To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,The glorious choir of the Apostles,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,the wonderful company of Prophets,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:
Patrem immensae maiestatis:the Father of infinite Majesty;
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Iudex crederis esse venturus.We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.
V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!
R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te.V. Every day we thank Thee.
R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.
V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.
V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.


#BreakingNews Greg Burke Head of Vatican Press Office Resigns along with Deputy Paloma Ovejero - FULL Text Release


FULL TEXT Release from Vatican.va
Resignation of the Director and Deputy Director of the Holy See Press Office and appointment of the interim Director

The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the Director and Deputy Director of the Holy See Press Office, Dr. Greg Burke and Dr. Paloma García Ovejero, and appointed Alessandro Gisotti as interim Director of the Holy See Press Office. , until now Coordinator of Social Media of the Communication Department.
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Burke, 59, a former Rome-based reporter for Fox News, joined the Vatican in 2012.
 Greg Burke tweeted: “The experience has been fascinating, to say the least. Thank you, Pope Francis.” He also goes on to say, “At this time of transition in Vatican communications, we think it’s best the Holy Father is completely free to assemble a new team.”
Ovejero, 43, a former reporter for the Spanish radio network COPE.  Dr. Paloma García Ovejero tweeted in Spanish translated to: “Ending a chapter. Thank you, Holy Father, for these two and a half years! Thank you, Greg, for your trust, your patience and your example.”

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday December 31, 2018 -#Eucharist in #Christmastide


The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
Lectionary: 204

Reading 1 1 JN 2:18-21

Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth

Responsorial PsalmPS 96:1-2, 11-12, 13

R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name;
announce his salvation, day after day.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
The LORD comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

AlleluiaJN 1:14A, 12A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
To those who accepted him
he gave power to become the children of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son,
full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

Free New Year's #Recipe by Maria Von Trapp of the Sound of Music

Sylvester Punch

NEW YEAR'S EVE PUNCH BY MARIA VON TRAPP 
Sylvester Punch
(In Austria the last day of the year is dedicated to the Holy Pope, St. Sylvester, who baptized Constantine the Great, thereby bringing about the dawning not only of the New Year but of a new era; for this reason, the night before the New Year is called "Sylvesterabend" (Eve of St. Sylvester).
Ingredients:
Red burgundy (count one bottle for six people)
Equal amount of hot tea
12 cloves
rind of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. sugar to each bottle of wine
2 cinnamon sticks to each bottle of wine

Pour the liquid into an enamel pot, add the cloves, the thinly pared rind 
of 1 lemon, the sugar, and the cinnamon. Heat over a low flame but do not 
allow to boil. At the last moment add the tea. Serve hot.

If there are many children and very young people, it is good to know 
different fruit punch combinations. Here is a basic recipe, with 
variations:


1/2 cup lemon juice           grated rind of 1 lemon
1 cup orange juice            1 qt. water
grated rind of 1/2 orange     1 cup sugar

Cook sugar and water for five minutes. Cool. Add juices and the grated 
rind and any of the following combinations:

(1) 1 cup grated pineapple, 1 qt. ginger ale.

(2) 1 qt. strained, sweetened strawberry juice, 1 qt. raspberry juice, 2 
qts. ginger ale.

(3) 1 glass currant jelly dissolved in 1 cup hot water. Cook, chill, and 
add 1/4 cup mint, finely minced.

(4) 1 qt. cider, 1 qt. grape juice, 1 qt. soda water.

It is great fun to try out new variations every year. One starts with 
lemonade or orangeade and soon the children will go on to pineapple-ade, 
raspberry-ade....In our family we have something called "Hedwig-ade" 
because it is Hedwig's own secret.

Source: Maria Augusta Trapp
Music Arranged by Franz Wasner
Illustrations by Rosemary Trapp and Nikolaus E. Wolff
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOG CARD NO. M[55]-1016
Harcourt, Brace & Co., New York.