December 22, 2019 Our bulletin for Christmas Time
Welcome Father Cyril Today’s Readings: Is 52:7-10 | Heb 1:1-6 | Jn 1:1-18
We wish all our members a blessed Christmas time - those traveling to their families or home countries during the season, as well as those staying with us in Heidelberg. May the peace and joy of the night the Savior was born reside in your hearts and homes, and may we all do our little bit in spreading it to those around us.
###Getting Ready to Pray
Advent has been our preparing-time for many things. Our prayer now is about our being open, honest about our size, and delighted. These few days before our Eucharistic celebration of his birth, we can pray with the openness of the empty. Mary’s womb, a lowly stable, a gloomy world, all speak of longing and readiness.
We can pray with the deep desires we have to see friends and family again. That is a great joy and prayer, just desiring union which God’s love labors to bring to this world. We can pray with all the stories of how the “little” becomes so much. The “littlest star,” the “littlest tree,” the “littlest snowflake” and even a laughed-at-reindeer, all speak of how God blesses our lowly condition and raises us all to the dignity of God’s family.
We can pray with the delight of our being children who love to receive gifts. It is really much better to receive than give and so we can pray with all the cards, calls, greetings, and wrapped gifts which symbolize how God, in Christ, has come, and does continue to come through the gifts of our lives.
We can pray with the delight of God for us as parents delight in their children. They are not perfect, but made loveable by the love of mom and dad. There is division in our human family and in our personal families as well. There is much here about which to pray, wonder and wait. He has come, “to claim for Himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.” We can pray with the good things we are urged to do, these days of giving Him new birth in our stables.
Source of reflection: Larry Gillick, SJ, on https://liturgy.slu.edu/ChristmasA19/reflections_gillick.html Source of image: “Nativity” by Gentile di Fabriano (1423), via Wikimedia Commons
- 25 December - Mass on Christmas Day will start at our usual time of 13:00. Please note that the short after-mass Christmas Social we were considering can not take place, unfortunately.
- 1 January 2020 - What better way to start the year 2020 than with mass? It’s the Octave Day of Christmas, Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, so we invite you for mass in English at 13:00.
- 5 January 2020 - After Sunday mass, no get-together: The first social gathering of the year will take place only on January 12, in order to give all those traveling during the holiday season opportunity to hopefully take part.
- 6 January 2020 - Another additional mass will be celebrated on January 6, the Epiphany, as well at our usual time of 13:00.