Saturday, December 03, 2016 Francis Xavier, missionary to Asia, died 1552 A native of the Basque region of Spain, Xavier became a missionary to India, Southeast Asia, Japan, and the Philippines. He also helped to found the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
Sunday, December 04, 2016 Second Sunday of Advent - Color of the Season is Blue
Sunday, December 04, 2016 John of Damascus, theologian and hymnwriter, died around 749 A monk in an abbey near Jerusalem, John wrote many hymns as well as theological works. One of his works, The Fount of Wisdom, remained influential for centuries.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, died around 342 Little is known about Nicholas, except that he was a bishop in present-day Turkey. According to legend, he was famous for his giving to the poor, and so has become a symbol of anonymous gift-giving.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, died 397 While a governor of northern Italy, Ambrose was elected bishop of Milan on the same day he was baptized. He was a famous preacher, a writer of hymns we still sing today, and helped lead St. Augustine to faith.
Sunday, December 11, 2016 Third Sunday of Advent - Color of the Season is Blue
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Lucy, martyr, died 304 Lucy was a young Christian of Sicily who was martyred during the persecutions under Emperor Diocletian. Her celebration became particularly important in Sweden and Norway, perhaps because the feast of Lucia (whose name means "light") originally fell on the shortest day of the year.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 John of the Cross, renewer of the church, died 1591 John was a member of the Carmelite monastic order, and worked to reform it. His writings reflect a deep interest in mystical thought and meditation.
Friday, December 16, 2016 Las Posadas This celebration, long popular in Mexico, takes its name from the "posadas," or lodgings, sought by Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem. Their search is reenacted in a neighborhood, unsuccessfully, until finally they are welcomed in, and a party commences.
Sunday, December 18, 2016 Fourth Sunday of Advent - Color of the Season is Blue
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 Katharina von Bora Luther, renewer of the church, died 1552 Born to an impoverished nobleman, Katie eventually took vows as a nun, but around age twenty-four she and several other nuns who were influenced by the writings of Martin Luther left the convent. Six children were born to Katie and Martin.
Saturday, December 24, 2016 Nativity of Our Lord I: Christmas Eve - Color of the day is White
Sunday, December 25, 2016 Nativity of Our Lord: Christmas Day - Color of the day is White
Monday, December 26, 2016 - Stephen, Deacon and Martyr Stephen was a deacon and the first martyr of the church. He was one of those seven upon whom the apostles laid hands after they had been chosen to serve widows and others in need. Later, Stephen's preaching angered the temple authorities, and they ordered him to be put to death by stoning.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016 John, Apostle and Evangelist The son of Zebedee and brother of James, John was one of the twelve disciples and witness to the transfiguration. Tradition has named him also the writer of the Gospel of John, the three New Testament letters bearing his name, as well as Revelation.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 The Holy Innocents, Martyrs This day commemorates the young children killed by Herod in Bethlehem in his jealous attempt to murder the baby Jesus, a sobering reminder of the evil that led Christ to be born for our salvation.
Saturday, December 31, 2016 New Year's Eve
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