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Giles Hibbert OP RIP

Monday, December 30, 2013

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Popular Piety: Christmas Customs in Poland

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Divine Language of Love

Wednesday, December 25, 2013
How do the people around us know that we love them? How do we communicate love? I suppose the most direct way is to tell people. But we all know that communication is much more than words. The way we use words, our tone and our body language and so on adds nuance and meaning to what we say, as does the way we live more broadly. Our words become meaningless if they are not matched by deeds. So we can say that human beings communicate love to one another by what we say, how we say it, and what we do.  Read more

Christmas Eve: Rorate Caeli

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Reading: Luke 1:67 Read more

Advent 2013: "O Emmanuel"

Monday, December 23, 2013
O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.

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Fourth Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14; Psalm 23:1-6; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-24 Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Oriens'

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent 2013: O Oriens Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Clavis David'

Friday, December 20, 2013

Advent 2013: 'O Radix Iesse'

Thursday, December 19, 2013
O Radix Iesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, iam noli tardare. Read more

Advent 2013: 'O Adonai'

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
In these last days before Christmas the sense of expectation in the Church’s liturgy intensifies as a treasure trove of biblical imagery is drawn together to convey the sense of a people longing for the coming of their saviour, longing for the coming of Christ. The famous ‘O antiphons’ that we sing at vespers from the 17th December until the 23rd are an excellent example of this. Each ‘O antiphon’ is based around one of Isaiah’s prophecies of the coming Messiah. Tonight, for example, we will sing:  Read more
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