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Day 11- Wednesday, December 12th
A Note to Parents
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Daily Mass Readings
First Reading: Zechariah 2:14-17
Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38
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Today our Church celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe! This is the celebration of the very special time when Mary appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico. You see, Mary appeared to Juan Diego, and left an image on his tilma, or cloak. The image is of Mary when she was pregnant with baby Jesus, and it is still visible today hundreds of years later.
In the first reading today, we hear the Lord saying, “See, I am coming to dwell among you.” And this is truly what God did! God came to dwell among us within Mary’s womb. So, Jesus came as a tiny baby inside of Mary, and then she gave birth to Jesus! That’s pretty amazing isn’t it, that God came down from Heaven to be with us, to be with the human beings that He created. Baby Jesus is truly God! And we have a very special picture of Mary from her pregnancy with baby Jesus in the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Gospel reading today tells us a little bit about the day when Mary found out she was going to be Jesus’s mother. Did you know that an angel came to tell her this good news? Yes, the angel Gabriel came to tell her all about what was going to happen. And this is known as the mystery of the Annunciation. The annunciation is when the angel announced to Mary that she would conceive and bear a son, named Jesus.
When the angel Gabriel came to meet Mary, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” And that’s where we get the first words of our Hail Mary prayer, isn’t it? In the Hail Mary, we say, “Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.”
Gabriel also says that Mary found great favor with God, and God richly blessed her for that, didn’t He? God will bless us very much, too, if we are obedient to His will in our lives. Let’s keep watching the horizon for Jesus, because He is really coming back! And let’s be sure that God finds favor with us! So keep listening to your Mommy and Daddy, and asking God to show you how you can help Him build up His Kingdom on earth!
- What feast day do we celebrate in the Church today?
- What is the name of the angel who came to visit Mary?
- What did the angel tell Mary at the Annunciation?
You can sing along as we sing the next verse of “Come Thou Font”, and if possible, have the father trace a cross on each child’s head with holy water. This would be a great time to light your Advent candles if you have not done so already.
Here I raise my Ebenezer
Here by Thy great help I’ve come
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
He, to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood
Now let’s say a decade of the Divine Mercy Chaplet! You know all the prayers, so get ready to say it all together. Let’s make the sign of the Cross to begin: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.
- Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, thy dearly beloved Son, in atonement for our sins, and for those of the whole world. (x1)
- For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (x10)
- Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (x3)
Sign of the Cross: in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.