Le blog de la Bergerie
Un blog catholique et bilingue, franco-américain, sur la foi, la religion, le monde et la culture, avec des articles, des prières, des recettes de cuisine et des photos de nature.
A Catholic French-American worldview based on faith, reason and gratitude, with articles, comments and prayers, cooking recipes and nature pictures.
Reflexions on the MYSTERY OF THE INCARNATION
during the season of Advent and Christmas 2016
until Epiphany 2017
In chronological order:
I am back in California! It had been raining since we got back Friday night, but today, in the early afternoon, it stopped so I went for a walk in my neighborhood and took photos of the flowers still blooming, covered with rain drops. Then later on I drove by the beach to check on the Pacific Ocean, since I was in France for the last 3 weeks. It is still there, huge and ominous, but also looking like a crepe, as its very edge comes resting on the beach, which is a sight I found surprising... Then I went to Saint Gabriel's church on 40th avenue for Mass. Today is the Feast of Christ, the King of the Universe! What a gorgeous feast. What beautiful readings about the Good Thief "O Lord Remember me when you get to your Kingdom..."
The FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
GAUDETE SUNDAY: Rejoice and trust and see the peace starting from within... It does not matter how tired or dejected we feel, there is one truth SO BIG that it puts it all in the proper perspective. Because HE IS, He truly is, beyond all bounderies of time and place, but He also came on one specific night in one specific corner of our world and the liturgical calendar is making it very real all over the world, and finally, He is knocking on the door of my heart, every moment of every day, every one of my heart beats is an opportunity to welcome HIM.
Jennifer Nettles rendition of "Holy Night" is absolutely terrific. It is a very good version of the French Hymn "Minuit Chretien"! I just love this Christmas hymn and it needs to be sung radically and full force like she does. Here is the link to this video O Holy Night and here are the words of the hymn:
Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt it's worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices O night divine!
O night when Christ was born O night divine! O night, o night divine!
Minuit Chrétiens, c'est l'heure solennelle
Où l'homme Dieu descendit jusqu'à nous,
Pour effacer la tache originelle
Et de son Père arrêter le courroux :
Le monde entier tressaille d'espérance
À cette nuit qui lui donne un Sauveur
Peuple à genoux attends ta délivrance,
Noël Noël Voici le Rédempteur !
Noël Noël Voici le Rédempteur !
Peuple à genoux attends ta délivrance,
Noël Noël Voici le Rédempteur ! Noël Noël Voici le Rédempteur !
I can't say enough
how much I loved and appreciated and enjoyed the readings on Christmas Day.
What a treat, what a joy, what a gift. Thank God for the Liturgy! And thank
God for the gift of His Son!
MESSE DU JOUR DE NOËL
1ère lecture : " Tous les lointains de la terre ont vu le salut de notre Dieu " (Is 52, 7-10)
Lecture du livre du prophète Isaïe
Comme ils sont beaux sur les montagnes, les pas du messager, celui qui annonce la paix, qui porte la bonne nouvelle, qui annonce le salut, et vient dire à Sion: "Il règne, ton Dieu!". Écoutez la voix des guetteurs: ils élèvent la voix, tous ensemble ils crient de joie car, de leurs propres yeux, ils voient le Seigneur qui revient à Sion….
2ème lecture : " Dieu nous a parlé par son Fils " (He 1, 1-6)
Lecture de la lettre aux Hébreux
À bien des reprises et de bien des manières, Dieu, dans le passé, a parlé à nos pères par les prophètes ; mais à la fin, en ces jours où nous sommes, il nous a parlé par son Fils qu'il a établi héritier de toutes choses et par qui il a créé les mondes. Rayonnement de la gloire de Dieu, expression parfaite de son être, le Fils, qui porte l'univers par sa parole puissante, après avoir accompli la purification des péchés, s'est assis à la droite de la Majesté divine dans les hauteurs des cieux ….
Evangile: " Le Verbe s'est fait chair, il a habité parmi nous " (Jn 1, 1-18)
Au commencement était le Verbe,
et le Verbe était auprès de Dieu,
et le Verbe était Dieu.
Il était au commencement auprès de Dieu.
C'est par lui que tout est venu à l'existence,
et rien de ce qui s'est fait ne s'est fait sans lui.
En lui était la vie,
et la vie était la lumière des hommes ;
la lumière brille dans les ténèbres,
et les ténèbres ne l'ont pas arrêtée…
Christ reveals himself to all peoples and to each category of persons with signs appropriate and comprehensible to them. To simple shepherds he sends an angel; to the wise who scrutinize the courses of the heavenly bodies he sends a star; to the Jews attached to signs, he gives a sign, that is, a miracle: He changes water into wine. With what signs does Christ manifest himself to the men of our time? The Second Vatican Council gave important attention to the “signs of the times” (“Gaudium et Spes,” No. 11). Among these are the sense of solidarity and the interdependence that is developing between nations, Christian ecumenism, the promotion of the laity, the liberation of women, the new sense of religious freedom. When Jesus spoke of the “signs of the times,” he meant above all the messianic signs: “The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are healed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the good news preached to them” (Matthew 11:5). Are there such signs today? Certainly there are! The blind receive the light of faith and hope through contact with the word of God; the spiritually lame (and sometimes the physically lame) get up and walk; those who are prisoners in themselves, of evil, or of men, are freed from their chains; in sum, people are converted and live through the power of Christ and his Spirit. Jesus insists on one of these signs in particular: “The good news is announced to the poor” (Luke 7:22). Is not the concern, typical of our time, that the Gospel be preached to the poor, a sign that Christ is at work in the Church? (Father Cantalamessa on the Epiphany of the Lord, January 6, 2007) Read it here on Zenit.org
The Baptism of our Lord
in traditional Icon of the Theophany: from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America website,
in stained glass: le Baptême du Seigneur par Saint Jean-Baptiste, Eglise Notre Dame de l'Assomption, Samoëns, France,
in tapestry: Los Angeles Cathedral, work of art by John Nava,
in Korean bliblical water colors by artist Woonbo Kim Ki-chang,
in an oil painting by G. Gray...
Baptism of our Lord (by Gayle Somers). In a most dramatic
way, Jesus demonstrated that He did not come only to be human like us.
That was accomplished in the Incarnation. He became flesh and blood
so that He could step into the place of sinners and accomplish what
John's baptism only symbolized. Water, all of its own, can't wash away
the ocean of human sin! That could only happen with the death of sin
itself, represented in baptism by the penitent's disappearance under
the surface of the water. Sin's consequences mean death; man's rebellion
against his Creator requires a just punishment. When that requirement
is satisfied, the penitent is free. Jesus got baptized as His first
public act of identification with man's sin and His first step to defeat
it, releasing all those held captive by it. That, of course, would require
Him to be submerged into death, into the grave, into the netherworld-the
Cross. His victory over those would be accomplished by His Resurrection;
here it is symbolized by the opening of heaven and the descent of the
Holy Spirit. In the old order, death meant the end, a dissolution. In
the new order Jesus established, death in the water of baptism means
new life, a re-birth, a truly new and eternal start. here
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