Dear Parishioners and Friends.
TODAY I WANT TO INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT HOME.
Especially tomorrow night, CHRISTMAS EVE, don’t let this opportunity be wasted with useless chats and TV.
1 – Please call your family together around the NATIVITY or a PRAYER CORNER.
2 – Prepare a computer for the songs, which you can find and LINK from this page.
3 – Get a Bible and find the quotations that one by one your family can read. The head of the house can be the leader; others can do the Bible readings (second part) and others can take care of finding the songs in the computer. For the second Part please use your Bible, on the FIRST 2 CHAPTERS of ST. LUKE.
4 – After the last reading, close all the lights and leave on the nativity or other religious symbols and spend some time in silence to think at the story of Christmas; then you can make spontaneous prayers, to which you respond: LORD HEAR OUR PRAYER.
5 – The evening can be concluded with a GOOD MEAL together. And maybe after you can open the gifts. DON’T FORGET TO WATCH THE MASS TOGETHER IN THE COMPUTER OR TV.
A CHRISTMAS STORY
ST. CARTHERINE OF SIENA
O COME O COME EMMANUEL. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xtpJ4Q_Q-4
1 – IN THE BEGINNING God had created everything perfectly. Joy, harmony, light and love was the natural habitat for humanity. But then the Devil brought SIN into the Garden of Eden and everything was broken. Mankind had lost the friendship with God. In order to reunite men and God, there was a need of someone who could have both lives: the one of humans and the one of God, in order to unite the two together.
God did not give up on men and promise something beautiful and great: “A young woman will give birth to a descendant of David, who will save mankind and reunite men with God”.
SONG: O Come Divine Messiah…(CBW -310) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzNiBdW4Le4
GOD MADE VARIOUS PROMISES during the ancient history of mankind. A very important one was made to ABRHAM: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who will bless you and curse those who curse you. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.”
SONG: O COME ALL YE FAITHJFUL – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3egGjeiWEA
NOAH, MOSES, JOSEPH were all images of the promised messiah, but the one who really represent Him is the young boy DAVID, who became the first KING OF ISRAEL and from his house would be born the messiah promised from ages.
THE PROPHETS pre-announced the coming of the Messiah in many ways; in particular the prophet ISAIAH gave a precise account of the birth and sacrificial death of the promised Messiah. (Read Isaiah 7, 10-14.)
“ Again, the Lord spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered: “I will not ask, I will not tempt the Lord! Then He said: Listen, oh house of David, is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my god? Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name Him Emmanuel”.
(Isaiah 11, 1 – 9) AGAIN FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH:
“ But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jessy and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding; a spirit of counsel and strength, a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord….. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them.
SONG: THE FIRST NOEL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4iXatDeY7A
The Prophet Ezekiel (36, 23-28) describes the mission of the Messiah, who came to unify the nations:
“Thus the nations shall know that I am the Lord, Says the Lord God, when in their sign I prove my holiness through you. For I will take you away from the nations, gather you from all the foreign lands, and bring you back to your own land. I will sprinkle clean water upon you to cleanse you from all your impurities, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. I will give you a new heart and place a new spirit within you, taking from your bodies your stony hearts and giving you natural hearts. I will put my spirit within you and make you live by my statutes, careful to observe my decrees. You shall live in the land I. gave your fathers; you shall be my people and I will be your God”.
SONG: SILENT NIGHT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ri2thaAIyA
ANDRE’ RIEU – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBJY3AxtoHM
FINALLY, at the appointed time GOD FULFILLS ALL HIS PROMISED. He sends His only Son to become man, so that man may become again united with God.
ANNUNCIATION: Luke 1, 36-38.
SONG: Ave Maria. Young Singer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEImCJWI_ak
VISITATION to her COUSIN ELIZABETH: Luke 1, 39-56.
THE BIRTH OF JESUS : Luke 2, 1-7.
SONG: O HOLY NIGHT – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITIaYoWCPkE
O HOLY NIGHT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VfYKmJkxl0
ANGELS: Luke 2, 8-14.
SONG : Angels We have heard on high.
SHEPHERDS – Luke 2, 15-20.
HALLELUIA: Andrea Boccelli and Daughter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIiqxyIuMJk
MARY DID YOU KNOW? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCWN5pJGIE
WHAT CHILD IS THIS? – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTyuW1Q2oxU
INSTRUMENTAL during the DINNER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCKAXhT7nlQ