Sunday, December 24th - 4th Sunday of Advent - St Delphinus B
Monday, December 25th - Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ - St Anastasia M
Tuesday, December 26th - St Stephen Protomartyr
Wednesday, December 27th - St John ApEv
Thursday, December 28th - Holy Innocents
Friday, December 29th - St Thomas Becket M
Saturday, December 30th - St Sabinus BM
Sunday, December 31st - 2nd Sunday within the Octave - St Sylvester
We welcome anyone who maybe be visiting Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church. Please feel free to ask any questions and join us after Mass for our usual socializing. You are welcome to browse through any of our literature. Extra head coverings and Missals are at the back of the church. Remember, Holy Communion may only be received by Catholics who observe the Traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, are in the state of sanctifying grace, and have completed a three hour fast.
Please observe the rules of modesty as posted at the back of the church, out of respect for Our Lord and His Church.
Please follow the dress code for our church - Women and girls please wear dresses/skirts and head coverings; and men please wear dress slacks to Mass. Please be sure all clothing is modest and meet Catholic standards.
- Many thanks to young and old who pitched in to help decorate Our Lord's House for His birthday!
- In St Joseph Hall this morning: hot cider and kolaches for all, in appreciation for your contributions toward the convent-to-be! God bless you!
- Christmas Day is a Holy Day of Obligation - Mass attendance is obligatory, all unnecessary servile work is forbidden on this day.
- Indulgences on the Feast of the Nativity: The faithful who, in order to return thanks to God the Father for the benefits conferred upon mankind by the Incarnation of the Word, devoutly assist at Midnight Mass on the Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, may gain an indulgence of 10 years. A plenary indulgence may be gained if they have gone to confession and Communion and prayed for the intentions of the Church.
- Banns of Marriage are hereby announced for the first time for Mr Christian Vroom & Miss Catherine Geckle, both of our parish. Anyone knowing of an impediment to this marriage is asked to notify the Bishop or Fr Gregory as soon as possible. The wedding is planned for January 13, here at Our Lady of the Snow Church.
O Come, Divine Messiah, the world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph, and sadness flee away.
O Thou Whom nations sighed for, Whom priest & prophet long foretold,
Wilt break the captive's fetters, redeem the long-lost fold!
Dear Savior, haste: come, come to earth!
Dispel the night and show thy Face, and bid us hail the Dawn of Grace!
O come, Divine Messiah, the world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph, and sadness flee away!
To the Infant Jesus in the Crib
Oh, how I love Thee, Lord of Heaven above!
Too well hast Thou deserved to gain my love;
Sweet Jesus, I would die for love of Thee,
For Thou didst not disdain to die for me.
I leave thee, faithless world, - farewell! depart!
This lovely Babe has loved and won my heart.
I love Thee, loving God, Who from above
Didst come on earth, a Babe, to gain my love.
Thou tremblest, darling Child, and yet I see
Thy heart is all on fire with love for me:
Love makes Thee thus a child, my Savior dear;
Love only brought Thee down to suffer here;
Love conquered Thee, Great God, love tied Thy hands,
A captive here for me, in swathing-bands;
And love, strong love, awaits Thy latest breath,
To make Thee die for me a cruel death.
Stations of the Infant Jesus for private meditation (St Alphonsus)
- The Son of God becomes incarnate
- Jesus is born an Infant
- Jesus is suckled
- Jesus is wrapped in Swaddlingclothes
- Jesus is circumcised
- Jesus is adored by the Magi
- Jesus is presented in the Temple
- Jesus flees into Egypt
- Jesus with His Hands freed from the Swaddling-clothes
- Jesus begins to walk
- Jesus sleeps
- Jesus in the Form of a Fisher
O Divine Infant, I give Thee thanks, and pray Thee by the zeal which Thou hast shown in endeavoring to draw my heart to Thee, give me the grace never to leave Thee more, and grant that, having continual recourse to Thee, I may become one with Thee, and never separate myself from Thee again.
Ave, Maria! gratia plena Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.
Sancta Maria! Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus - nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.