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December 2018

St. Nicasius and His Companions

December 14

In the fifth century, an army of barbarians from Germany, ravaging part of Gaul, plundered the city of Rheims. Nicasius, the holy bishop, had foretold this calamity to his flock. When he saw the enemy at the gates and in the streets, he went from door to door encouraging all to patience and constancy, and…

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St. Maria di Rosa

December 15

St. Maria was the foundress of the Handmaids of Charity of Brescia, Italy. She was born in 1813 and died in 1855. Although of delicate constitution, apostolic zeal made her an angel of consolation to those needing any of the corporal or spiritual works of mercy Her spiritual guide, Monsignor Pinzoni, said that “her life…

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St. Eusebius

December 16

St. Eusebius was born in Sardinia in the fourth century, when Arianism was endeavoring to undermine the doctrine of Christ’s Divinity. As bishop of Vercelli in Italy, he supported St. Hilary, Pope Liberius and St. Damasus, whose feast is December 11, in their struggle against the heresy. He suffered every sort of vexation and was…

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O Antiphons

December 17

At the Magnificat at Vespers on December 17 begins the singing of the solemn antiphons appointed for the week preceding Christmas. Each of them is a fervent appeal for the coming of the Messias. In words taken from Scripture they all proclaim the divine titles and the high prerogatives of the Savior of the world…

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O Adonai

December 18

O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, who didst appear to Moses in the flame of the burning bush, and didst give unto him the law on Sinai: come and with an outstretched arm redeem us.

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O Root of Jesse

December 19

O Root of Jesse, who standest for an ensign of the people, before whom kings shall keep silence, and unto whom the Gentiles shall make their supplication: come to deliver us, and tarry not.

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O Key of David

December 20

O Key of David, and Sceptre of the house of Israel, who openest and no man shutteth, who shuttest and no man openeth: come and bring forth from his prison house, the captive that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow of death.

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St. Thomas

December 21

The disciple who at first did not believe, St. Thomas has become for the Church one of the first witnesses to her faith. She is fond of appealing to his testimony and frequently puts in our mouths those simple words whereby he expressed the fervor of his regained faith: “My Lord and my God.” It…

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O King of the Gentiles

December 22

O King of the Gentiles and the desired of them, Thou cornerstone that makes both one, come and deliver man, whom Thou didst form out of the dust of the earth.

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O Emmanuel

December 23

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savor, Come to save us, O Lord our God.

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