An antiphon is a short passage or verse, usually from Scripture, which is prayed before and after the Psalms and canticles in the Liturgy of the Hours. In the last days of Advent, from December 17 through December 23, the antiphons for the Magnificat at Evening Prayer call upon Christ under the many names used by the prophets in the Old Testament, and ask him to hasten his return. Each of these antiphons begins with “O” (hence their name). The first “O” Antiphon begins, O Sapientia (O Wisdom). Then comes Adonai (Sacred Lord), Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse), Clavis David (Key of David), Oriens (Dawn), Rex gentium (King of people), and finally Emmanuel (God-with-us). The favorite Advent Carrol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel is actually John M. Neale’s translation of these ancient
From Companion to the Calendar: A Guide to the Saints, Seasons, and Holidays of the Year 2012Archdioceseof Chicago: LTP pg.4
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"But it presumes that God is primarily present to us one on one, as individuals, rather than as a community of believers. This is not what the Bible says. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says that “where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” This passage suggests the necessity of being part of a community in which we approach God, rather than doing it alone."
-First Vigil Mass of Christmas 3:00 p.m.
-Second Vigil Mass of Christmas 5:30 p.m. (incense)
-Mass at Night 11:00 p.m. (incense)
Christmas Day Mass 9:30 a.m.
Carols 30 minutes before each Mass
Mark your calendars to attend the 4th Annual St. Veronica Chili-Cook on Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 5pm-7:30pm.
Which Christmas preparations that cause you stress or worry can you let go of to allow for more joy?
There are many opportunities during the Advent & Christmas Seasons to renew our relationship with Christ. See the events to which everyone is invited.
Daily Scripture Reflections, based on the Lectionary for Mass. Saint of the Day and other resources.
View the Presider/Celebrant schedules for both of our parishes. Read the Pastoral Region Plan, approved by Archbishop Schnurr.