Monday, January 9, 2012

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed: "One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized in the Jordan by John. On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."
~Mark 1:7-11

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

"A child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace."
~Isaiah 9:5

In honor of the last Christmas Weekday. Hymn for Morning Prayer. Enjoy.

A rose has sprung up,
from a tender root.
As the old ones sang to us,
Its lineage was from Jesse.
And it has brought forth a floweret
In the middle of the cold winter
Well at half the night.

The rosebud that I mean,
Of which Isaiah told
Is Mary, the pure,
Who brought us the floweret.
At God’s immortal word,
She has borne a child
Remaining a pure maid.

The floweret, so small
That smells so sweet to us
With its clear light
Dispels the darkness.
True man and true God!
He helps us from all trouble,
Saves us from sin and death.

*And here is the original in German, and here are the lyrics.

Archbishop Dolan will be a Cardinal!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

"Behold I Make All Things New..."

"Behold I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." 
~Isaiah 43:19

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Fine Idea. Are You In?

Te Deum laudamus!: Fr. Perrone proposes an interesting New Years reso...: In his January 1, 2012 column, Fr. Eduard Perrone, pastor of Assumption Grotto, pitched a rather interesting resolution for 2012 to parish...