Baptism of Our Lord

Today we celebrate the Baptism of the Lord. Each year as the Christmas season closes we recog- nize the beginning of Our Lord’s active ministry with this feast. Liturgically speaking, the march through ordinary time now begins. You can see the parallel between this...

Solemnity of the Epiphany

We realize Who Jesus is through an epiphany. Today’s solemnity of the three kings offering their homage to Jesus is the primary way in which we consider an epiphany. They had some supernatural sense that the king of the universe was present and they sacramentalized...

It’s a Boy!

Mary and Joseph cared for the most innocent child ever: Jesus. As Jesus is completely God and completely man, and as a man he is free from all sin, we can declare that he is perfect innocence. This baby is more than perfectly innocent, he is innocence itself! If we...

Christmas Proclamation

The Church has a formal way of announcing that Christmas has arrived. The Christmas proclamation was traditionally read at the beginning of midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. It reads as follows: “The twenty-fifth Day of December, when ages beyond number had run their...

Rejoice!

Today is Gaudete Sunday, which means “rejoice” in Latin. Each year on the Third Sunday of Advent the Church rejoices that Christmas is almost here. Gaudete was the first word we would hear at the old entrance antiphon used at this Mass. We sacramentalize this...