Sunday, December 28, 2008

Dominica Infra Octavam Nativitatis

Commemoratio: Ss. Innocentium Martyrum

Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, dirige actus nostros in beneplacito tuo: ut in nomine dilecti Filii tui mereamur bonis operibus abundare:
Qui tecum vivit et regnat...

Let us pray
O Almighty and everlasting God, do Thou order all our actions in conformity with thy good pleasure, that through the name of thy well-beloved Son, we may worthily abound in all good works.
You who live and reign...

"The flight into Egypt and the massacre of the innocents make manifest the opposition of darkness to the light: "He came to his own home, and his own people received him not." Christ's whole life was lived under the sign of persecution. His own share it with him. Jesus' departure from Egypt recalls the exodus and presents him as the definitive liberator of God's people." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para. 530.)

For the prayers and Scriptures of today's holy Mass in English, visit this site.

(Art: Giotto, Massacre of the Innocents.)