Philippines: ‘Simbang Gabi’ Pre-dawn Masses Christmas Habingers
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Philippines: ‘Simbang Gabi’ Pre-dawn Masses Christmas Habingers

Liturgically, the “Simbang Gabi” is a Mass celebrated early in the morning in honor of the Virgin Mary “in which the interplay of light and darkness convey the meaning of Advent.” With Vatican II, the original intention of the celebration was revisited in the context of the modern times and the needs of modern society….

Advent: The ‘O Antiphons ‘Reimagined
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Advent: The ‘O Antiphons ‘Reimagined

The O Antiphons are a series of seven verses dating from the sixth century and prayed during vespers during the last week of Advent. Each antiphon is a name of Jesus taken from Scripture, and they are the basis for the popular Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” Ansgar’s images are saturated with color and…

Immaculate Conception
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Immaculate Conception

In the early 1980s, the late and much loved Kevin Donovan SJ went part-time on the faculty at Heythrop College in order to become a parish priest in north London. The opening line of his first lecture after the move ran: ‘Now that I’m working in a parish, I’m coming to realise that theology is as important…

Sunday Reflection
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Sunday Reflection

A voice of one crying out in the desert:“Prepare the way of the Lord,make straight his paths.Every valley shall be filledand every mountain and hill shall be made low.The winding roads shall be made straight,and the rough ways made smooth,and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” Source: ICN Continue reading

Advent: Stay Awake!
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Advent: Stay Awake!

Advent!  In the Sunday Gospel passage Jesus is saying, “Stay awake, praying at all times”. Praying at all times? Is it possible? Is it even safe? If you are driving a car or performing a surgical operation reading a prayer-book, for example, isn’t advisable. Well, try looking at it this way: If a mother is holding…

Kenya: New Swahili Translation of Liturgical Texts to be Introduced from 1st Advent
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Kenya: New Swahili Translation of Liturgical Texts to be Introduced from 1st Advent

NAIROBI, NOVEMBER 12, 2021 (CISA)-The Catholic Church in Kenya will from November 28 start using the new Swahili Liturgical Books during Eucharistic celebration following the launch of three Swahili books by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops. “We gather here to launch this Misale Ya Kiroma (Roman Missal), Misale ya Kilasiku (Daily Missal) and Masomo…

The Communion of Saints
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The Communion of Saints

All Saints We heard: John, the Seer, saw what cannot be seen with the eyes of your head. He looked into heaven, entered where God is and saw, “a multitude that no one can count.” In that crowd are not only the holy people officially canonised by the church, no, that crowd consists of all…

Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis
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Wide-Ranging Interview Pope Francis

Francis, speaking about the ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, said: “I was touched by something that Chancellor [Angela] Merkel, who is one of the great figures of world politics, said in Moscow. I hope the wording is correct, but she said: ‘It is necessary to put an end to the irresponsible policy of intervening from outside…

Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday
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Living the Vast Silence of Holy Saturday

We don’t know what to do with it. Somehow it gets lost between the solemn exhaustion of Good Friday and the excitement of the Easter Vigil. Yet it is not an interlude between acts while the scenery changes behind the curtain. Neither is it a time when God continues to work in some other realm…