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Tuesday, December 29th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Luke 2:22-35.


The 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

29 December 2015

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

Simeon took child Jesus into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace,

according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation.”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke 2:22-35.

 

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord,
just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,”
and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him.
It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.
He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:
Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word,
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you prepared in sight of all the peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted
(and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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DAILY MASS – Tuesday 29 December 2015  

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The 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

29 December 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

Icon of St. Gregory of Nyssa (14th century fresco, Chora Church, Istanbul)

Icon of St. Gregory of Nyssa
(14th century fresco, Chora Church, Istanbul)

 Saint Gregory of Nyssa (c.335-395), monk and Bishop
Life of Saint Macrina, 23-25 ; SC 178 ; Phos hilaron

Entering into light at the evening of life

The sun was going down but my sister, Macrina’s, fervor did not abate. The nearer she drew to her departure, the more she hastened towards her beloved… She no longer spoke to those of us who were present but only to him on whom her eyes were constantly fastened…: “It is you, O Lord, who have taken away our fear of death. It is you who have turned the ending of life here below into the beginning of the real life. It is you who leave our bodies resting for a period of dormition and who awaken them anew ‘at the sound of the trumpet’ (I Cor 15:52) It is you who give our clay, ‘fashioned by your hands,’ (Gn 2:7) in deposit to the earth. And it is you who bring what you have given it back to life again, transforming what is mortal and deformed in us with beauty and immortality …

“Oh eternal God, ‘to you I was committed from my mother’s womb’ (Ps 21[22]:11). You whom my soul has loved with all its strength, to whom I have consecrated my flesh and my spirit since my youth, set beside me a shining angel who will lead me by the hand to the place of refreshment where are to be found the ‘waters of repose’ (Ps 22[23]:2) in the bosom of the holy patriarchs (Lk 16:22). Oh you who restored to paradise… the man crucified with you who placed his trust in your mercy, ‘remember me also in your kingdom’ (Lk 23:42), for I, too, have been crucified with you… May I be found before your face ‘without spot or wrinkle’ (Eph 5:27); may my soul be welcomed into your hands… ‘like incense before you’ (Ps 140[141]:2)…

After saying this, since evening had fallen, someone brought a lamp. Then Macrina opened her eyes and turned her gaze towards its light, showing her wish to say the thanksgiving prayer for the lamp. But her voice failed her…; she gave a deep sigh and ended in the same moment both her prayer and her life. * * * “Hail gladdening light, of his pure glory poured, who is the immortal Father, heavenly blest. Holiest of holies, Jesus Christ our Lord. Now we are come to the sun’s hour of rest, the lights of evening round us shine; we hymn the Father, Son and Holy Spirit divine. Worthiest art Thou at all times to be sung with undefiled tongue, Son of our God, giver of life, alone; therefore in all the world thy glories, Lord, they own.”

©Evangelizo.org 2001-2015

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The 5th Day in the Octave of Christmas

29 December 2015

Saint of the day

St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr († 1170)

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SAINT THOMAS OF CANTERBURY
Bishop and martyr
(c. 1118-1170
)

        St. Thomas, son of Gilbert Becket, was born in Southwark, England, in 1117. When a youth he was attached to the household of Theobald, Archbishop of Canterbury, who sent him to Paris and Bologna to study law.

        He became Archdeacon of Canterbury, then Lord High Chancellor of England; and in 1160, when Archbishop Theobald died, the king insisted on the consecration of St. Thomas in his stead. St. Thomas refused, warning the king that from that hour their friendship would be broken. In the end he yielded, and was consecrated. The conflict at once broke out; St. Thomas resisted the royal customs, which violated the liberties of the Church and the laws of the realm.

       After six years of contention, partly spent in. exile, St. Thomas, with full foresight of martyrdom before him, returned as a good shepherd to his Church. On the 29th of December, 1170, just as vespers were beginning, four knights broke into the cathedral, crying: “Where is the archbishop? where is the traitor?” The monks fled, and St. Thomas might easily have escaped. But he advanced, saying: “Here I am—no traitor, but archbishop. What seek you?” “Your life,” they cried. “Gladly do I give it,” was the reply; and bowing his head, the invincible martyr was hacked and hewn till his soul went to God.

Six months later Henry II. submitted to be publicly scourged at the Saint’s shrine, and restored to the Church her full rights.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
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