THANK YOU Sr. Mary Jo Chaves, for sharing these during faith sharing today!
The OAntiphons, one of the oldest liturgical rituals in the Church, are prayed around the world during the final days of Advent. For seven days before Christmas, we recall in these prayers a quality of Christ that must be realized before the presence of Christ can consume the world.
December 19 - O Root Of Jesse, standing as protector of the people; silencing rulers, inspiring the people to make supplication, come do not delay, deliver us.
"PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor and those who lost their lives that day are being remembered Wednesday on the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack that brought the U.S. into World War II.
About 120 survivors will join Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, military leaders and civilians to observe a moment of silence in Pearl Harbor at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time — the moment the attack began seven decades ago.
About 3,000 people are expected to attend the event held each year at a site overlooking the sunken USS Arizona and the white memorial that straddles the battleship.
The Pearl Harbor-based guided missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will render honors to the Arizona and blow its whistle at the start of a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. — the same time 70 years ago the first Japanese planes began to attack.
F-22 jets flown by the Hawaii National Guard are due to soar overhead in a missing man formation to finish the moment of silence."
Help us prepare for the miracle of the coming of Jesus.
Help us not to be blind to the gifts of getting ready.
Help us be sincere in the greetings we send and receive, with love and prayer.
Kind St. Nicholas, protect us from shoppers’ fatigue, stress, overspending, yet help us to be kind and generous of heart to all, especially those who are alone, poor and fearful.
May our celebration of your feast lead others to see the true meaning of giving and receiving and to guide all people to the greatest of all gifts: Jesus Christ, prince of peace and child of Mary, Our Lord and only saviour.