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Christmas 2012 Photos II

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Oct. 1st: St. Therese of the Child Jesus & the Holy Face

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Pictures of our statue of St. Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Virgin and Doctor of the Church.  For her Feast, Little Therese’s statue was crowned with white roses, and her holy relic exposed. Following Mass, the school children venerated her relic.  

Christmas Photos: Part I

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

The Night Before the First Christmas

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

“The Night Before the First Christmas”

It is said that Clement Moore wrote the “Night Before Christmas” for the enjoyment of his children.  The same motive was the inspiration behind this poem by Sister Mary St. Thomas many years ago:

T’was the night before Christmas and all through the town

St. Joseph was searching, walking up roads and down.

Our Lady was waiting, so meek and so mild.

While Joseph was seeking a place for the Child.

The children were nestled, each snug in his bed,

And the grownups wouldn’t bother. There’s no room, they said.

When even the innkeeper sent them away

and Joseph was wondering where they would stay.

He thought of the cave in the side of the hill

Let’s go there,” said Mary. It’s silent and still.”

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow

Made a pathway of light for their tired feet to go.

And there in the cave in a cradle of hay

The Saviour was born on that first Christmas Day.

The Father was watching in heaven above

And sent for His angels, His courtiers of love.

More rapid than eagles God’s bright angels came,

Rejoicing and eager as each heard his name.

“Come Powers, come Cherubs, come Virtues and Raphael,

Come Thrones and Dominions, come Michael and Gabriel.

“Now fly to the earth where my poor people live,

Announce the glad tidings My Son Comes to give.”

The Shepherds were watching their flocks on the night

And saw in the heavens an unearthly light.

The angels assured them they’d nothing to fear.

“It’s Christmas,” they said. “The Saviour is here!”

They hastened to find Him, and stood at the door,

Till Mary invited them in to adore.

He was swaddled in bands from His head to His feet,

And never did shepherds see a Baby so sweet!

He spoke not a word but the shepherds all knew.

He was telling them secrets and blessing them too.

Then softly they left Him, the Babe in the hay,

And rejoiced with great joy on that first Christmas Day.

Mary heard them exclaim as they walked up the hill,

“Glory to God in the highest; Peace to men of good will.”

Laetare Sunday

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

Here are some photos of the Main Altar and the Infant Jesus on Laetare Sunday, April 3, 2011:

Candlemas: The Presentation of Our Lord and the Purification of Our Lady

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Here is a PDF copy of the program used this morning at our parish for the Holy Mass (Ordinary Form in English): CANDLEMAS 2011 Thanks to Father Samuel Weber, OSB, of the Institute of Liturgical Music in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for his setting of the Canticle of Simeon!

This afternoon, the Christmas Crib was dismantled in our church, and the side altar of the Holy Family returned to its normal appearance.

Prayers for the 25th of Every Month

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Here is a PDF copy of the prayers we recite in honor of the Child Jesus after the Holy Mass on the 25th of every month, beginning today, January 25th:

Prayers to the Child Jesus for the 25th of every month

A Reflection on the Incarnation by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

CONSIDER that after so many centuries, after so many prayers and sighs, the Messiah, whom the holy patriarchs and prophets were not worthy to see, whom the nations sighed for, “the desire of the everlasting hills,” our Savior, has come; he is already born, and has given himself entirely to us: “A child is born to us, and a son is given to us.”

The Son of God has made himself little, in order to make us great.

He has given himself to us, in order that we may give ourselves to him.

He has come to show us his love, in order that we may respond to it by giving him ours.

Let us, therefore, receive him with affection. Let us love him, and have recourse to him in ill our necessities.

“A child gives easily,” says St. Bernard; children readily give anything, that is asked of them. Jesus came into the world as a child in order to show himself ready and willing to give us all! good gifts: “The Father hath given all things into his hands.”

If we wish for light, he has come on purpose to enlighten us.

If we wish for strength to resist our enemies, he has come to give us comfort.

If we wish for pardon and salvation, he has come to pardon and save us.

If, in short, we desire the sovereign gift of divine love, he has come to inflame our hearts with it; and, above all, for this very purpose, he has become a child, and has chosen to show himself to us worthy of our love, in proportion as he was poor and humble, in order to take away from us all fear, and to gain our affections.

“So,” said St. Peter Chrysologus, “should he come who willed to drive away fear, and seek for love.” And Jesus has chosen to come as a little child to make us love him, not only with an appreciative but even a tender love.

All infants attract the tender affection of those who behold them; but who will not love, with all the tenderness of which they are capable, a God whom they behold as a little child, in need of milk to nourish him, trembling with cold, poor, abased, and forsaken, weeping and crying in a manger, and lying on straw?

It was this that made the loving St. Francis exclaim: “Let us love the child of Bethlehem, let us love the child of Bethlehem. Come, souls, and love a God who has become a child, and poor, who is so lovable, and who has come down from heaven to give himself entirely to you.”

January 25: “Little Christmas” in Salem

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

THIS TUESDAY, THE FEAST OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL AND THE END OF THE OCTAVE OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY is also the 25th of the Month, and a day traditionally dedicated to the Child Jesus as a monthly remembrance of His Birth (and popularized as “Little Christmas” by many great Saints, as well as Founders of religious congrega-tions, including the Doctor of Prayer and Founder of the Redemptorists, St. Alphonsus Liguori). Therefore, at St. Mary in Salem – on this first “Little Christmas” of the Year of Our Lord 2011 -we will begin the custom of honoring the Child Jesus with prayers and devotions following the morning Mass, continuing on the 25th of every month.

Why not make the sacrifice and assist at Holy Mass on the first “Little Christmas” of 2011? Why not make the resolution to come to church on the 25th of every month to adore and offer thanks to the Lord Jesus, Who, out of His tremendous became Man in the virginal womb of Our Lady?

The general prayer intentions for the monthly “Little Christmas Devotions” will be for the spiritual and physical protection of the children and young people of our parish, the strengthening of Catholic family life, for the end of abortion and child abuse, and for the sick, especially those suffering from cancer. To those general prayer intentions, you are invited to add your own and place them with confidence in the all-loving Heart of the Infant Christ.  Whenever the liturgical calendar permits, the Priest of Salem will offer a Votive Mass of the Holy Name or of the Nativity of Our Lord on the 25th of the month.