Monday, Dec 25, 2017 (with attachments)
Subject: Christmas Greetings!
The faith we proclaim tonight makes us see God present in all those situations where we think he is absent. He is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors.This same faith impels us to make space for a new social imagination, and not to be afraid of experiencing new forms of relationship, in which none have to feel that there is no room for them on this earth.
Little Office of the Passion,
St. Francis of Assisi
Sing for joy to God our help;
with exultant voice
raise to the Lord God living and true a shout of joy.
Because the Lord is the Most High,
the awesome, great King over all the earth.
For the most holy Father of heaven,
our King before all ages,
sent from on high the beloved Son
who was born of the Blessed Virgin, Holy Mary.
He called out to God, “You are my Father,”
and God placed him as the firstborn,
the highest above all earthly kings.
On that day the Lord sent mercy
and song in the night.
This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice in it and be glad.
For to us is given the beloved child most holy,
born for us along the way and placed in a manger
because there was no room for him at the inn.
Glory to the God in the highest
and on earth peace to those of good will.
Let heavens rejoice and earth exult,
let the sea and all that is in it roar,
let fields and everything in them sing for joy
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
For the Lord is great and highly to be praised;
more awesome than all gods.
Bring to the Lord, families of nations,
bring to the Lord glory and honor,
bring to the Lord the glory due his name.
Cast off the weight of sin
and take up the Lord’s holy cross;
follow the Lord’s most holy commands
to the very end.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.