Archive for December 2012

A Voice Was Heard in Ramah   Leave a comment

Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, when the children in Bethlehem were massacred by Herod.  There is such sorrow in this, made even more meaningful this year because two weeks ago there was the massacre of the Holy Innocents at Sandy Hook.  “Rachel” weeps for her children because they are no more.  There is no greater sorrow for parents than the death of a child.  May God heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds.

Gospel Mt 2:13-18

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt. He stayed there until the death of Herod, that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,  Out of Egypt I called my son.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.
He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under,
in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi.
Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet:

A voice was heard in Ramah,
sobbing and loud lamentation;
Rachel weeping for her children,
and she would not be consoled,
since they were no more.

Posted December 28, 2012 by ouidaofs in Grief, Jesus, Joseph, Mary

O Come, O Come Emmanual   Leave a comment

Posted December 23, 2012 by ouidaofs in Christmas, Music

Mary’s Magnificat   1 comment

Brooklyn Museum: The Magnificat (Le magnificat)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he who is mighty has done great things for me
and Holy is His name.

Posted December 22, 2012 by ouidaofs in Mary

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