happy new year!

Happy Advent! 

And a very Happy New Year to all my fellow Catholics! Yes, Catholics have three chances, not one, to celebrate New Year’s.  On the First Sunday of Advent, you will customarily hear parishioners wishing one another a “Happy New Year!” Non-catholics are generally surprised or confused to hear this, until they discover we follow a liturgical year as well as a calendrical one, and the first Sunday of Advent is the start of another annual cycle!

The second New Year’s Day for Catholics is, of course, January 1.  When we can join the rest of the world, have a drink, look back with thanks, and look forward with hope and hopefully set off a few fireworks!  On this day we will also celebrate again the birth of the Lord, and the dawn of our redemption by honoring Mary the Mother of God.

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HAPPY bee-lated!

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happy, happy, (albeit bee-lated) to you, Oh Sacred Mother!

i was with you through-out the day (yesterday)…

and yet i never had the chance to write & say,

just how much i loved honoring…

your birthday!

“The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning.” ~ The Liturgy of the Hours

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“Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Sun of Justice, Christ our God; he freed us from the age-old curse an filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life.” ~The Liturgy of the Hours, Canticle of Zechariah Antiphon September 8

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“Blessed are you, O Mary, for the word’s salvation came forth from you; now in glory, you rejoice for ever with the Lord.  Intercede for us with your Son.”  ~The Liturgy of the Hours, Common of the BVM Antiphon 1

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“Eve shut all her children out of Paradise; the Virgin Mary opened wide its gates.” ~The Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer Antiphon

We commemorate the birth of the blessed Virgin Mary, a descendant of Abraham,

born of the tribe of Judah and of David’s seed.”

~The Liturgy of the Hours, Common of the BVM

may her Motherly hugs n’ blessings be your today!