A Sunday Reflection

Third Sunday of Advent (Cycle C)

On Gaudete Sunday the Church bids us rejoice for our salvation is near. The readings are filled with that hopeful and joyful expectation. From the depths of the Old Testament, the prophet Zephaniah calls us to shout for joy, sing and exult (Zep 3:14). St. Paul, in turn, tells the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say: rejoice!” (Phil 4:4). In that sense, we can say that Advent is a joyful season.

How should we express that joy? When John the Baptist is asked how to prepare for the coming of the Messiah, he responds by telling his followers to share with those who have nothing (Lk 3:11), to keep away from defrauding or falsely accusing others, and to be satisfied with what we have (cf. Lk 3:14). His advice is as valid today as it was 2,000 years ago.

As we prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of our Savior, let us not think so much of accumulating material things. Let us remember the Lord’s many blessings and share them with others, for “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). God bless you!

Fr. Luis R. Largaespada

Advent and Christmas

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December 15 & 16, 2018
Blessing of Baby Jesus at all Masses

December 16 – 23, 2018 
7:30p.m. Christmas Novena

December 22 & 23, 2018
4th Sunday of Advent
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December 24, 2018 
Christmas Eve
5:30p.m. Christmas Vigil Family Mass (English)
11:00 p.m. Christmas Concert

December 25, 2018
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
12:00 a.m. Bilingual Midnight Mass
10:30 a.m. Mass
12:30 p.m. Misa
5:30 p.m. Mass

December 29 & 30, 2018
Feast of the Holy Family
Regular Mass Schedule

January 1, 2019
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
10:30 a.m. Mass
12:30 p.m. Misa
5:30 p.m. Mass

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The “O” AnTiphOns

The O Antiphons, also known as The Great Os are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent as well as the alleluia verses on the same days in the Mass.

They are referred to as the “O Antiphons” because the title of each one begins with the interjection “O”, and each one names one of the attributes of Christ mentioned in Scripture. They are:

December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)

The exact origin of the O Antiphons is not known, but their use was prevalent in monasteries and it may be concluded that in some fashion the O Antiphons have been part of our liturgical tradition since the very early Church.

The first letters of the titles taken backwards appear to form a Latin acrostic “Ero cras” which translates to “Tomorrow, I will be [there]”. Therefore, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we have prepared in Advent and whom we have addressed in these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us: Tomorrow, I will come. So the O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparation, but bring it to a joyful conclusion.

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