“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
who is Christ the Lord” (Lk. 2:11)
My dear Members of the Pallottine Family
This year we celebrate Christmas in the thick of the second wave of Covid 19, which seems to be more aggressive than the initial phase. This situation has brought an inexplicable hardship for many, and changed our life pattern and our work schedule. All of us experience that life is not the same and a ‘new normal’ has set in. Amidst all these, the Infant Jesus brings hope for us. The birth of Christ takes away all our fears as we celebrate the very birth of life itself, which brings light into the darkened world. The light of faith keeps our hope alive and fans the flames of love for our brothers and sisters.
Klinikum Stuttgart - Jerusalema Dance Challenge
Das Klinikum Stuttgart ist natürlich auch dabei - unser Beitrag zur Jerusalema Dance Challenge. Unsere Botschaft in Corona-Zeiten: Wir sind für euch da - gemeinsam sind wir stark!
Isaiah 9:1-6|Titus 2:11-14|Luke 2:1-14
The angels have appeared to the shepherds proclaiming news of great joy. The time of preparation is over; to us a child has been born. But can you prepare for the birth of a child? It would be foolish not to prepare, and yet equally foolish to think that any preparation is adequate for such a gift.
George Herbert in his poem ‘Christmas’ asks the child Jesus to ‘furnish and deck’ his soul. And so it is with the birth of a child. If we are to love a child we must allow ourselves to be drawn into the child’s world as the child grows into our world. Nothing prepares us for this.
Mary, Did You Know? By Pentatonix
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16
Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 and 29
Here we are at Christmas Eve day. The readings remind us of the promise to David of a heir. They revisit the proclamation of Zachariah.
But, our hearts might be moving in three directions today.
The cultural pull to celebrate Christmas is upon us - no matter what our family or cultural tradition. We might be excited or we might be worried. We might be prepared and ready and will be anticipating a wonderful time with family and friends. We might not yet be fully prepared and the day is hectic. Or, I might be celebrating Christmas alone.
Due to the pandemic, religion lessons in Poland moved from school to the virtual world. Teachers and catechists conduct online classes, during which teachers and students see each other and talk with each other, and share materials in the form of presentations, films, pictures, music, etc.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel | BYU Vocal Point
O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
expectratio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos,
Domines, Deus noster.
O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver,
desire of the nations, Savior of all people:
Come and set us free, Lord our God.
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24; Luke 1:57-66
The Fire and the Light
Malachi means “my messenger.” Writing under cover of the generic, Malachi delivers the blunt message that renders prophets as suspect in their communities: now is the time to face our deeds and repent, to make right our relationship to God and return to our senses. The one who comes next will bring fire. The fire will consume our excuses and reduce mediocrity to ash. Be ready for the fire next time.
O Rex Gentium or O King of the Nations
O King of the Gentiles (Jeremiah 10:7; Haggai 2:7),
and the Desired of all, You are the Cornerstone that binds two into one (Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Ephesians 2:20). * Come, and save man whom You fashioned out of clay (Genesis 2:7).
1 Samuel 1:24-28; Luke 1:46-56
This is the season of promises. Just what is a promise? A promise is a basis for expectation and central to our faith experience. Indeed, our relationship to God is based on promises -- God’s and ours. God’s promises are the basis for our expectations in this life and in the life to come. The promises of God’s people reflect our faith and our obedience to God. We do well, at this time, to reflect on the lives of some women who played a significant role in the fulfillment of God’s promises in our faith history. They help us see where we too can be agents of God’s promises in the world.
The community of the St. Vincent Pallotti Integrative Kindergarten in Warsaw - that is, 100 children with their families, as well as the Sisters and lay collaborators - are daily grateful for the opportunity to meet "live" every day and to trust in God.... In this time of pandemic, when schools and other institutions are working online, the kindergarten community, despite the sometimes difficult sanitary precautions, experiences the blessings of praying together, joy, learning and projects carried out in the premises and garden of the kindergarten.
O Oriens or O Rising Dawn or Morning Star
O Rising Dawn, (Jer 23:5; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12),
Radiance of the Light eternal (Habakkuk 3:4; Wisdom 7:26; Hebrews 1:3) and Sun of Justice (Malachi 3:20): * come, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death (Ps 107:10; Lk 1:78).
Songs 2:8-14; Luke 1:39-45
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb.” This is astonishing. Luke presents John the Baptist in his mother’s womb leaping for joy when encountering Jesus in Mary’s womb.
Encounters with Jesus bring joy — even in wombs!
Joshua Aaron sings "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" in English & Hebrew Live at the Tower of David.