- Matthew 1:23 -
- From: "Waldtraud" <richarra@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2007 11:31:29 -0600
- Matthew 1:23 -
"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they
call him Immanuel" - which means, "God with us."
Immanuel is with you. That's the ringing message of Christmas. Loneliness
natural for us during the holidays, but it can be lightened by remembering
Jesus Christ, Immanuel, is here near you, around you, within you, always,
everywhere, both now and forever. Pause and think of that, and praise him!
"Jesus is Immanuel, God with us. A prayer will reach him, a wish will
him, a groan will pierce his heart - but do confide in him."
- Charles Spurgeon
December 28th - St. Anthony of Lerins
Saint Anthony of Lerins was born in Valeria in Lower Pannonia (in what is
the area between Austria/Hungary/Croatia) during the time of the barbarian
invasions. When Anthony was eight, his father entrusted his care to Saint
Severinus, the apostle of Noricum (lower Austria). Anthony spent his youth
monastery founded by Severinus at Faviana, and witnessed Odoacer(1) march on
Severinus died in 482 and at that time Anthony went on to the care of his
Constantius the bishop of Lorch in Bavaria. Soon after Anthony retired to
monastery, and in 488 went with some other Romans out of Noricum into Italy.
was at this time about twenty years old.
Anthony settled under the guidance of the monk Marius, on Lake Como, in
Italy. Marius thought much of our saint, and wished him to be ordained to
continuing the work, but Anthony desired the solitary life. With this
Anthony joined two hermits at the other end of the lake, near the tomb of
Felix. Here he lived in a cave, prayed much and cultivated his garden.
this recluse was visited often.
These distractions caused much consternation for the saint, because it broke
pattern of life and the acclaim his visitors heaped upon him made the saint
worry about becoming vain. Anthony decided to venture over the Alps, where
settled with some other monks in southern Gaul at Lerins. Saint Anthony of
Lerins died there in 520, revered for both his virtue and numerous miracles.
(1) Odoacer was a Germanic warrior who worked his way up through the ranks
the Roman army. When the western emperor Julius Nepos was overthrown by the
Roman general Orestes, Odoacer defeated Orestes, deposed and exiled
Romulus Augustus, and refused to acknowledge any new western emperor,
putting an end to the Western Roman Empire in 476. He styled himself King of
Italy and conquered parts of present-day Croatia and Austria.
As the Lord knows for what we all are adapted, He gives to all their
as He sees to be most for His glory, for their salvation, and the good of
neighbors. Our mistake, then, is in not submitting ourselves totally to
whatever He wishes to do with us.
4 What man of you that hath an hundred sheep: and if he shall lose one of
doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the desert, and go after that which was
lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, lay it upon his
rejoicing: (Luke 15:4-5)
Hymn to the Holy Ghost
Come, Holy Ghost, Creator come, From Thy bright heavenly
throne; Come take possession of our souls And make them
all Thine own.
Thou who art called the Paraclete, Best gift of God above;
The living spring, the living fire, Sweet unction and true love.
Thou who art sevenfold in Thy grace, Finger of God''s right
hand; His promise, teaching little ones To speak and
O guide our minds with Thy blest light With love our hearts
inflame; And with Thy strength which ne'er decays Confirm
our mortal frame.
Far from us drive our hellish foe, True peace unto us bring;
And through all perils lead us safe, Beneath Thy sacred wing.
Through Thee may we the Father know; Through Thee the
eternal Son, And Thee the Spirit of them both; Thrice blessed
three in one.
Now to the Father and the Son, Who rose from death, be
glory given, With Thee O holy Comforter, Henceforth by all in
earth and heaven. Amen.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
LET US PRAY:
O GOD, who didst teach the hearts of Thy faithful by the light
of Thy Holy Spirit, grant us by the same Spirit, to have a right
judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy
comfort, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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