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Daily Meditations: December

The Sixth Day of Christmas. Promises Kept »

December 30th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the Child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the Child and His mother, and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus reigned over Judea in place […]

The Fifth Day of Christmas. Rachel Is Still Weeping for Her Children »

December 29th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, […]

The Fourth Day of Christmas. We Have to Take the Same Journey »

December 28th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

Now when the magi had departed, behold an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there till I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy Him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night, and departed to Egypt, and remained there until […]

The Third Day of Christmas. Saint Stephen: The Death of a Revolutionary »

December 27th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Father Lawrence Farley Saint Stephen is usually hailed as the first Christian martyr, but he is more than that. His death was also a boundary, and the blood which flowed from his body as the stones hit him became a river, one which separated the faith of the Christians from the religion of Judaism. For unlike the martyrs who followed him, Stephen was not killed by the pagan Romans, […]

The Second Day of Christmas. The Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos »

December 26th, 2016    Posted in Daily Meditations

On the second day of the feast, the Synaxis of the Most Holy Theotokos is celebrated. Combining the hymns of the Nativity with those celebrating the Mother of God, the Church points to Mary as the one through whom the Incarnation was made possible. His humanity—concretely and historically—is the humanity He received from Mary. His body is, first of all, her body. His life is her life. This feast, the […]