Happy Christmas Bloggers & Readers!editor
For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of peace.
A very happy Christmas to one and all from the editor and team, as we celebrate the Feast marking the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah, the Saviour of our souls from the eternal misery of Hell. A happy and holy Christmas, to one and all. Feel free to post your thoughts on Christmas and related topics, your favourite carols and Christmas stories, jokes and poems. Below, a seasonal video clip to kick-start the fun. Enjoy!
Christ is Born!
In the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Isaiah 9: 6 is part of Great Compline with Litiya (special blessing of wheat, wine & oil). Interspersed is the refrain:
God is with us! Understand all you nations, and submit yourselves: for God is with us!
God IS with us, especially when we receive Him in Holy Communion. Then for a few moments, we become like the Most Holy Mother of God, the Theotokos (literally: Godbearer – in Latin Deipara). We bear God Himself within us.
I know most of the CT family does this but for those who don’t, I encourage everyone to spend some time in thanksgiving after Holy Communion. This is one of my favorites:
Prayer of St. John Damascene
O God, my God, unextinguishable and invisible Fire, You make Your angels flaming fire. Out of Your inexpressible love You have given me Your Divine Flesh as food, and through this communion of Your immaculate Body and Precious Blood You receive me as a partaker of Your divinity. Permeate all my body and soul, all my bones and sinews. Consume my sins* in fire. Enlighten my soul and illumine my mind. Sanctify my body and make Your abode in me together with + Your blessed Father and all-Holy Spirit, that I may always abide in You, through the intercession of Your immaculate Mother and all Your saints. Amen.
* This refers to venial sins. Obviously, one should go to Confession if one has committed mortal sin, lest one receive Our Lord unworthily (1 Cor. 11: 23-32).
Wishing you, Madame Editor, and all the CT family a blessed Nativity and New Year.
Yours in the Infant King,
Happy Christmas Editor and bloggers/readers
Thank you Jesus for coming to us in the form of a child for the salvation of the world “The Only One Who Can Truly Satisfy The Human Heart Is The One Who Created It”
Even though you died for our sins we are so beautifully made as St John Vianney tells us
“We ourselves are made in the shape of a cross”
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”
― Augustine of Hippo
Marvelous! Thank you, Chloe!
Z nami Boh! God is with us!
Happy Christmas. Let us pray that the New Year holds more hope for us than 2017.
However, the Pope has joined with the Catholic agencies in giving unqualified support and welcome to “immigrants”, likening them to the Holy Family. This strikes me as somewhat blasphemous, given the images we see of the immigrants on TV, bearing in mind that the MSM have the same views as the pope and filter what is reported in order to fit those views.
The Pope says, “Nor may our encouragement be lacking to all those fleeing extreme poverty or war, travelling all too often in inhumane conditions and not infrequently at the risk of their lives. May God repay all those, both individuals and states, who generously work to provide assistance and welcome to the numerous migrants and refugees, helping them to build a dignified future for themselves and for their dear ones, and to be integrated in the societies which receive them.”
Viktor Orban, speaking to, and for, the Hungarian people says,
““The fundaments of European life are under attack”. We don’t want our Christmas markets to be renamed, and we definitely don’t want to retreat behind concrete blocks (…) We don’t want our Christmas masses to be surrounded by fear and distress. We don’t want out women, our daughters to be harassed in the New Year’s Eve crowd.”
The Pope can, and does talk nonsense, flying in the face of reality. He extends a warm welcome to the murderers of Paris. This is not the only self-contradictory statement.
The anonymous “Fatima Centre” says. ,”If only Francis were as eager to show compassion for members of his own persecuted Church in Muslim nations, or even Europeans maimed and killed in Paris and London to the cry of “allahu akbar!”.
My Catholic upbringing, my understanding of reality, my identification with those who fought for Vienna, my logical analysis of real world happenings, suggest that there is little reality in the Pope’s utterances. I am with Viktor Urban and the Christian West.
A Blessed, Happy & Holy Christmas to each and every one of you.
Your Christmas wishes have been languishing in SPAM – can’t see any reason why, but that’s one of the mysteries of WordPress, again! Apologies for the delay in posting.
I hope you are enjoying a happy and holy Christmas over there in the USA.
Happy Christmas to all CT bloggers!
I agree with Andrew Paterson that the Pope “can and does talk nonsense” and it is a definite nonsense to call the Holy Family refugees or migrants. They merely went home by a different route, as it says in the Gospels, to escape Herod looking for the newborn Christ. How’s that being a “refugee”.
I’ve heard this before from ignorant priests and now this ignorant pope. Let’s hope by this time next year he’s gone, one way or another. I, for one, can’t take much more of his nonsense not to say heresy.
Happy Christmas to all bloggers and their families, as well as to all lurkers!
This Pope is the only one I know who can de-supernaturalise the birth of the Divine Saviour till all that’s left is pure humanism. And to liken the Holy Family’s flight into Egypt with the influx of Muslims into all the former Christian lands is just ridiculous.
Pope Francis is certainly not living in the real world, by which I do not mean that his thoughts are heavenly ones! Every utterance of this Pontiff identifies him more and more with cultural Marxism. Still, one day he may shock us all by actually mentioning supernatural souls and their salvation. He may even invite all those Muslim migrants to convert to the true religion and be saved, assuming of course he first converts himself! God have mercy on him, he’s an utter disaster for the Church.
A very happy and peaceful Christmas to you all.
A blessed and joyful Christmas to all our bloggers and readers! And may we find some joy here, and esp. in the mysterious depths and heights of our Faith, in these dark times, with a Pope who is playing the role of Judas, actively betraying the Church. The UN/NWO agenda is his 30 pieces of silver (more aptly, fool’s gold).
Thank you for sending me the “Francis Christmas” video – I think it makes a perfect contribution to this thread!
Yes, sadly this pope is, indeed, playing the role of Judas. God help him, at his judgment, if he doesn’t repair the damage he’s doing before that terrifying occasion..
A happy and holy Christmas to one and all.
How many would follow the star tonight
If it shone past the Milky Way,
Leave comfortable homes and follow it still,
Over the hills and away.
How many would open their doors tonight
For a weary and shabby pair?
Make room at hearths for a Stranger-Child,
Though the Infant be wondrous fair?
How many would give of their goods tonight,
The best they possess and more,
For their faith in a star and an angel choir
And a King forevermore?
We censure the folk of a bygone time
For indifference to Mary’s plight.
How many would do any better now?
Would you follow the star tonight?
That’s a beautiful poem, and thought-provoking – thank you for posting it.
Happy Christmas to all.
That video of Pope Francis is hilarious!
Yes, the video is hilarious – came to us via RCA Victor by email.
Merci pour vos bons vœux de Noël; je vous adresse en retour les miens les meilleurs
Thank you for your good wishes for Christmas; I send you back my best ones
Happy Christmas everyone. God bless us, every one.
A happy and blessed Christmas everyone.
Happy Christmas everyone! And a very happy Boxing Day to one and all!
I enjoyed both of the videos – the beautiful London Symphony Orchestra and the hilarious Pope Francis satire.
Adeste Fidelis is a favourite hymn of mine at Christmas time.
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