A dedication to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – “The Holy Family is the icon of the domestic church called to pray together. The family is the domestic church and must be the first school of prayer…”
On this third day of Christmas, Holy Mother Church gives us more gifts to unwrap today – the feast of St. John the Apostle, the “eagle of theology,” and the symbolism between three French hens, the wisemen, and Epiphany.
December 22: The O Antiphons reflections continue with O Rex Gentium or O King of All Nations. O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.
December 21 Antiphon: O Oriens (Dayspring) – On the shortest day of the year, the liturgy calls Christ the Dayspring, the Radiant Dawn. Christ is the radiant dawn who brings eternal life. What dark areas in your life need illuminated by Christ’s eternal light?
December 20: The O Antiphons continue with O Clavis or O Key of David. O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.