Christ has appeared to us: come, let us adore him.
Year: B(I). Psalm week: 2. Liturgical Colour: White.
St André Bessette (1845 - 1937)
He was born in Québec and joined the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1872: the parish priest sent this functionally illiterate, frail young man to the Congregation with the words “I am sending you a saint”.
He had great confidence in Saint Joseph and recommended prayer to him to all who were sick. So many were cured that Brother André himself was acclaimed as a miracle-worker, and when he died on 6 January 1937, a million people filed past his coffin. He was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010. See the article in Wikipedia
About the author of the Second Reading in today's Office of Readings:
Second Reading: Saint Proclus of Constantinople (- 446)
Proclus was a friend and disciple of St John Chrysostom. He became Archbishop of Constantinople on the death of his predecessor at Easter 434.
At a time of intense and often savage doctrinal conflict Proclus took care to act with precision and moderation, condemning doctrines when they needed to be condemned, but explicitly stating that he did not intend the condemnation of any person. By this approach he calmed many storms.
Liturgical colour: white
White is the colour of heaven. Liturgically, it is used to celebrate feasts of the Lord; Christmas and Easter, the great seasons of the Lord; and the saints. Not that you will always see white in church, because if something more splendid, such as gold, is available, that can and should be used instead. We are, after all, celebrating.
In the earliest centuries all vestments were white – the white of baptismal purity and of the robes worn by the armies of the redeemed in the Apocalypse, washed white in the blood of the Lamb. As the Church grew secure enough to be able to plan her liturgy, she began to use colour so that our sense of sight could deepen our experience of the mysteries of salvation, just as incense recruits our sense of smell and music that of hearing. Over the centuries various schemes of colour for feasts and seasons were worked out, and it is only as late as the 19th century that they were harmonized into their present form.
|Mid-morning reading (Terce)||1 Timothy 1:15 ©|
Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.
|Noon reading (Sext)||Apocalypse 21:23-24 ©|
The city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it. The pagan nations will live by its light and the kings of the earth will bring it their treasures.
|Afternoon reading (None)||1 John 1:5 ©|
This is what we have heard from him, and the message that we are announcing to you: God is light; there is no darkness in him at all.