Friday, December 11, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, December 12, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe



Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Lectionary: 690A
Reading 1
ZEC 2:14-17
Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion! 
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.
Many nations shall join themselves to the LORD on that day,
and they shall be his people,
and he will dwell among you,
and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
The LORD will possess Judah as his portion in the holy land,
and he will again choose Jerusalem.
Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.
or
Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
 
God’s temple in heaven was opened,
and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns,
and on its heads were seven diadems.
Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky
and hurled them down to the earth.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth,
to devour her child when she gave birth.  
She gave birth to a son, a male child,
destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod.
Her child was caught up to God and his throne.
The woman herself fled into the desert
where she had a place prepared by God.
 

 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.”
Responsorial Psalm
JUDITH 13:18BCDE, 19
R. (15:9d)  You are the highest honor of our race.
Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God, 
the creator of heaven and earth.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.
 
 
Alleluia 
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise;
from you rose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
LK 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
or
Lk 1:39-47
Mary set out
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint December 12 : Our Lady of Guadalupe the Patroness of Americas and Unborn - : #Guadalupe Miracle Image which appeared on a Tilma


THE STORY OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE 
On December 9, 1531, in Mexico, Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, a poor humble Aztec Indian who had recently converted to the Catholic faith. She asked him to go to the Bishop and tell him to build a church where she said “I will show and offer all of my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to my people.” Juan Diego did as she asked, but the Bishop asked for a sign that this message was really from Our Lady. Mary granted his request. On December 12, she showed Juan where the most beautiful Castilian roses were and told him to gather them. It was a miracle that the roses were there and in bloom because there was frost on the ground, and the ground was an infertile place where only cactus and thistles grew. After he gathered them, she helped arrange them in his tilma, or poncho, and told him to show them to the Bishop. When he brought them to the Bishop, the Bishop was amazed at the roses, but was even more amazed at what began to happen to Juan Diego’s tilma. Right before their very eyes, the image of Our Lady began to form on the cloth. The picture of Mary was beautiful and the Bishop fell to his knees. He had the church built at her request. The tilma is still intact after 470 years. The colors have not faded and the cloth has not deteriorated. It has been on display in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe for all this time. The manner in which Our Lady appeared on the tilma was very significant to the Aztec Indians. God had her dressed in a way that they would understand who she was. She was dressed in royal clothes that showed that she was very important, perhaps a queen. She also had the symbol of the cross at her neck which was the same symbol the Spaniards had on their ships and in the churches they built. She had a sash tied around her waist which meant that she was with child, for this was the way the Aztec women dressed when they were pregnant. And on her beautiful dress were all sorts of designs and flowers. But there was one flower on her dress that was very significant. It had only four petals. To the Aztecs, the four petal flower was the symbol for the true God, the God above all gods. This flower was located on her abdomen, right over the place where Jesus was growing inside of her. The Aztecs immediately understood that this was the mother of the true God! This appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe was very important to the history of our continent. You see, the Aztec Indians and the Spaniards were on the brink of war. The Aztec Indians’ culture and religion were very different from the Spaniards. They worshipped gods, to whom they would offer human sacrifices, often killing 50,000 people a year. The Spaniards, who were Catholic, were naturally disgusted by this. But they were cruel to the Aztecs too, treating them like animals and sometimes killing them for no reason. If a war had occurred, it would have been very brutal and the Spaniards and Christianity would have been totally wiped out. Mary’s appearance changed everything, however. It helped the Indians to embrace Christianity and it helped the Spaniards to treat the Indians with respect and as human beings. In the course of seven years, 6,000,000 Indians converted to the Catholic faith. This was the biggest conversion in the history of the Church! This is why Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas. Juan Diego, the humble man to whom she appeared, was canonized in the summer of 2002. Mary’s appearance also put an end to the worship of stone gods and the ritual of human sacrifice. We pray for Mary’s help today to bring an end to the human sacrifice of God’s children through abortion and to convert non-believers. Our Lady of Guadalupe is also called the Patroness of the Unborn.
Text Source the Archdiocese of Baltimore
SEE ALSO:

Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe - #Miracle Prayer and #Chaplet - SHARE - #OurLadyofGuadalupe

https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2018/12/novena-to-our-lady-of-guadalupe-miracle.html

Christmas Tree Lighting and Nativity Scene Unveiled at St. Peter's Square in Vatican - FULL VIDEO



Vatican News reports that the Christmas tree, Nativity scene lit up in St. Peter’s Square
The traditional lighting ceremony for the Christmas tree and Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square took place on Friday evening under the gaze of several official delegates.
By Devin Watkins
St. Peter’s Square was aglow on Friday evening, as a host of onlookers beheld the lighting of this year’s creche and Christmas tree.
It provided a sign of Advent hope in Christ’s coming for a world straining under the darkness of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The event began at 5:00 PM Rome time, and attendees observed all the now-normal health measures.
Silent night
 
 The tree—a 30-meter-tall, 7-ton Norway spuce (Picea abies)—stood glowing with pride, surpassed in height in its immediate surroundings only by the ancient Egyptian obelisk towering next to it.
Hailing from the Kočevje area in southern Slovenia, the Christmas tree has taken up temporary residence in St. Peter’s Square, until 10 January 2021, for the benefit of the few able to travel to the Eternal City.
But those who wish to gaze upon it can also tune in to the 24-hour live feed of Vatican Media on YouTube.
All is bright
The ceremony also shone the light—literally—on two other works of art adorning St. Peter’s.
This year’s Nativity scene, which comes from Castelli in Italy’s Abruzzo region, also caught the eye with its ceramic statues of the Holy Family, cast in larger-than-life size.
The Holy Family of Nazareth formed the focus of another sculpture lit up on Friday, though cast in a different guise.

Mother and child
Called Angels Unawares, the bronze sculpture depicts a boat of migrants and refugees from various cultural milieus and time periods. It was installed in the Square on 29 September 2019 under the patronage of the Vatican’s Migrants and Refugees Section.
A special light shone on the three members of the Holy Family, who in their own time were forced to flee the tyranny of violence.
It is a “sign to highlight the deeper meaning of Christmas and to recall that Jesus, with Mary and Joseph, was also a migrant, fleeing for his life,” according to a press release from the Migrants and Refugees Section.

Heavenly peace
Friday evening’s festival of lights was attended by Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello and Bishop Fernando Vérgez Alzaga, as well as official delegations from the areas which donated the tree and creche.
As Pope Francis told the Slovenian and Italian delegates earlier that same morning, these “icons of Christmas” are now, more than ever, “a sign of hope for the people of Rome and for those pilgrims who will have the opportunity to come and admire them.”
Source: VaticanNews.va

Pope Francis says "...this Christmas, in the midst of the sufferings of the pandemic, Jesus, small and helpless, is the "Sign" that God gives to the world." at Presentation of Nativity - FULL TEXT



GREETING FROM THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

TO THE DELEGATIONS THAT OFFER THE CRIB
AND CHRISTMAS TREE IN PIAZZA SAN PIETRO

Sala Clementina
Friday, 11 December 2020

 Dear brothers and sisters!

You have come for the official delivery of the Christmas tree and the crib placed in St. Peter's Square; I warmly welcome you and thank you for your presence. I greet the delegation from the Republic of Slovenia, led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, accompanied by Cardinal Rodé and the Archbishop of Maribor and made up of other Ministers, Ambassadors and distinguished personalities. In fact, Slovenia has donated the majestic spruce, chosen from the Kočevje woods.   

 And I greet the delegation from the Diocese of Teramo-Atri, with Bishop Lorenzo Leuzzi and numerous civil authorities: the monumental ceramic nativity scene comes from your land, precisely from Castelli. This afternoon will take place the inauguration of both these "icons" of Christmas. Never like this year,

The tree and the crib help to create the favorable Christmas atmosphere for living with faith the mystery of the Birth of the Redeemer. In the crib, everything speaks of "good" poverty, evangelical poverty, which makes us blessed: contemplating the Holy Family and the various characters, we are attracted by their disarming humility. Our Lady and Saint Joseph came from Nazareth to Bethlehem. There is no room for them, not even a small room (cf. Lk 2: 7); Mary listens, observes and keeps everything in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19:51). Joseph looks for a place to adapt for her and the Child who is about to be born. The shepherds are protagonists in the crib, as in the Gospel. They live outdoors. They keep watch. The announcement of the Angels is for them, and they immediately go to seek the Savior who was born (cf. Lk 2.8-16).

The feast of Christmas reminds us that Jesus is our peace, our joy, our strength, our comfort. But, to welcome these gifts of grace, we need to feel small, poor and humble like the characters in the crib. Also on this Christmas, in the midst of the sufferings of the pandemic, Jesus, small and helpless, is the "Sign" that God gives to the world (cf. Lk 2:12). An admirable sign , as the Letter on the crib that I signed a year ago in Greccio begins It will do us good to reread it these days.

Dear friends, heartfelt thanks to all of you! Also to those who could not be present today, as well as to those who collaborated in the transport and preparation of the tree and the crib. May the Lord reward you for your availability and generosity. I express my best wishes to you for a Christmas party full of hope, and I ask you to bring them to your families and to all your fellow citizens. I assure you of my prayers and I bless you. And you too, please, don't forget to pray for me. Merry Christmas! Thanks.

Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada since 2013 is Appointed by Pope Francis as Nuncio to Albania



Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi Ends Mission in Canada Thursday, December 10, 2020
Today, His Holiness Pope Francis appointed the Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, currently Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, as Apostolic Nuncio to Albania, which ends his mission in Canada. Archbishop Bonazzi was appointed to Canada on 18 December 2013 and began his mission upon arrival to Ottawa on 4 February 2014.

Archbishop Bonazzi was born in Gazzaniga, Italy, on 19 June 1948, and was ordained a priest on 30 June 1973 for the Diocese of Bergamo. Having obtained a Doctorate in Education, he entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 25 March 1980. He previously served in the diplomatic missions of the Holy See in Cameroon, Trinidad and Tobago, Malta, Mozambique, Spain, the U.S.A., and Italy, as well in Canada. On 19 June 1999, Archbishop Bonazzi was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, following which he was named Apostolic Nuncio to Cuba on 30 March 2004, and then Apostolic Nuncio to Lithuania and Estonia, as of 14 March 2009, and to Latvia, as of 25 March 2009.

The appointment of the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada to replace Archbishop Bonazzi has not yet been announced.

Source: CCCB ( A video of the Nuncio at his Celebration for Pope Francis)

Quote to SHARE by St Mother Teresa "At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving.."


"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God's own love and concern."
Saint Mother Teresa

Pope Francis explains "Every effort - small or large - made to favor the peace process is like laying a brick in the construction of a just society..." FULL TEXT



VIDEO MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

TO THE PARTICIPANTS
IN THE MEETING (ONLINE) ON THE SYRIAN AND IRACHEN HUMANITARIAN CRISIS PROMOTED BY THE DECASTERY FOR THE SERVICE OF INTEGRAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

 

Dear friends,

It is with joy that I address this affectionate greeting to you during this meeting organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, together with other bodies of the Holy See, to discuss and reflect on the very serious problems that still afflict the beloved populations of Syria, Neighboring countries.

Every effort - small or large - made to favor the peace process is like laying a brick in the construction of a just society, which is open to acceptance, and where everyone can find a place to dwell in peace. My thoughts go especially to the people who had to leave their homes to escape the horrors of war, in search of better living conditions for themselves and their loved ones. In particular, I remember the Christians forced to abandon the places where they were born and grew up, where their faith developed and enriched. We must ensure that the Christian presence in these lands continues to be what it has always been: a sign of peace, progress, development and reconciliation between individuals and peoples.

Secondly, my thoughts go to the refugees who want to return to their country. I appeal to the international community to make every effort to encourage this return, guaranteeing the conditions of security and economic conditions necessary for this to happen. Every gesture, every effort in this direction is precious.

A final reflection on the work of Catholic agencies that are involved in humanitarian aid. A thought of encouragement to all of you who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, are working unreservedly to welcome, care for, accompany migrants and displaced persons in these lands, without distinction of creed and belonging. As I have said many times, the Church is not an NGO. Our charitable action must be inspired by and by the Gospel. This aid must be a tangible sign of the charity of a local Church helping another Church that is suffering, through these wonderful means which are Catholic humanitarian and development aid agencies. A Church that helps another Church!

To finish, I want to let you know that when you find yourself operating in these places, you are not alone! The whole Church becomes one, to go to meet the wounded man who ran into the brigands on the way from Jerusalem to Jericho. In your work, my blessing will always accompany you, which I gladly impart to you today, so that this meeting may bring abundant fruits of prosperity, development and peace to your countries, for a new life. Thanks!

Source: Vatican.va