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Monday 11 January 2021, Optional Memoria of St Aelred, Abbot.

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Here are a few lines from the great ‘Pastoral Prayer’ of St Aelred. They may be prayed for any you know in authority, especially in the Church: ‘Thou knowest my heart, Lord; Thou knowest my will is that whatever Thou hast given Thy servant should be devoted wholly to their service, and spent for them […]

10 January 2021, Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.

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Here is part of St Mark’s account: ‘In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “Thou art my […]

Saturday 9 January 2021, Christmas Feria.

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From today’s New Testament reading, from 1 John: ‘Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another’. St Benedict’s ‘Instruments of Good Works’: ‘In the first place, to love the Lord God with all one’s heart, all one’s soul and all one’s strength. Then, one’s neighbour as oneself. Then not to […]

Friday 8 January 2021, Christmas Feria.

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Here is our New Testament reading for today, from 1 John: ‘Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, […]

Thursday 7 January 2021, Christmas Feria.

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We are still in the afterglow of yesterday’s wonderful Solemnity. Here is part of the Preface said at Mass: ‘For today you have revealed the mystery of our salvation in Christ as a light for the nations, and, when he appeared in our mortal nature, you made us new by the glory of his immortal […]

Wednesday 6 January 2021, The Epiphany of the Lord, Solemnity.

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St Gregory the Great offered a homily in the Basilica of St Peter in Rome on 6 January 591. Here is part of it: ‘Magi offer gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold suited a king well; incense was presented to God as a sacrifice; and it is with myrrh that one embalms the bodies of the […]

Tuesday 5 January 2021, Christmas Feria.

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From today’s Gospel, from St John: ‘Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to […]

Monday 4 January 2021, Christmas Feria.

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From today’s Gospel, from John: ‘The next day again John [the Baptist] was standing with two of his disciples; and he looked at Jesus as he walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. Jesus turned, and saw them following, and said to them, “What do you […]

3 January 2021, Second Sunday after the Nativity.

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From today’s Old Testament reading, from Ecclesiasticus: ‘Then the Creator of all things gave me a commandment, and the one who created me assigned a place for my tent. And he said, “Make your dwelling in Jacob, and in Israel receive your inheritance.” From eternity, in the beginning, he created me, and for eternity I […]