Rorate Caeli

Do not lose heart!

May the light of Christmas shine forth anew in the Land where Jesus was born, and inspire Israelis and Palestinians to strive for a just and peaceful coexistence. May the comforting message of the coming of Emmanuel ease the pain and bring consolation amid their trials to the beloved Christian communities in Iraq and throughout the Middle East; may it bring them comfort and hope for the future and bring the leaders of nations to show them effective solidarity...

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May the birth of the Saviour strengthen the spirit of faith, patience and courage of the faithful of the Church in mainland China, that they may not lose heart through the limitations imposed on their freedom of religion and conscience but, persevering in fidelity to Christ and his Church, may keep alive the flame of hope. May the love of “God-with-us” grant perseverance to all those Christian communities enduring discrimination and persecution, and inspire political and religious leaders to be committed to full respect for the religious freedom of all.



2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Readers, please pray for the Christians in Nigeria murdered and injured by their Muslim neighbors on Christmas Eve.

Long-Skirts said...

"...in the Land where Jesus was born"

May God bless our Holy Father, Head of our Holy Mother Church this Christmas.

CHRISTMAS
GOLD

If I had a big house,
As a rule-of-thumb,
At Christmas I'd have loved-ones
And others, if they'd come.

If I had a big, house,
A cupboard, warm and round,
Would feed my Christmas guests
The staff of life, here, found.

If I had a big, house,
All men I would let in,
At Christmas shed their burdens,
Learn losses can be wins.

If I had a big, house,
All Christmas, linens, laced,
And men who came to visit
Would yield a certain grace.

But, I don't need a big house,
I'm in the biggest home,
Where hindered senses are enhanced
By way of Christmas-Rome.

For Christmas-Rome's eternal,
Shall not be bought or sold,
And yule-logs in perpetuum
Glow red fore Christmas-gold!!

Merry Christmas!!