Browsing the December 2019 archive of From the Pastor

A Welcome Christmas

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/21/19

Dear Friends,

            I mentioned in the Advent and Christmas letter that Christmas is the combination of elision of the phrase coming from the British tradition of calling December 25 “Christ's Mass.” It is obvious to see that in the word “Christmas.” Because of that, it should be reiterated, ... Read More »

The “O Antiphons"

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/21/19

Dear Friends,

            It's one of two Sundays in the year in which we use the liturgical color rose, sometimes mistakenly called pink. In Advent, this Sunday is Gaudete Sunday—Gaudete coming from Latin, meaning rejoice! We rejoice because Christmas is near, the time of waiting is nearly over. Rejoice!

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Turn Around

Posted by Deborah Dubois on 12/08/19

Dear Friends,

            Our Gospel reading for this Sunday (today) comes from St. Matthew's Gospel—the best of all—and we hear John the Baptist crying out for people to repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The verb “repent” and the noun “repentance” trace their roots back to ... Read More »