Sunday in the
Octave of Christmas
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
28th December 2014
New Year's Day and The Catholic
Sentiment by Rev. Fr. Goffine
What feast of the
Church is celebrated today?
The Feast of the Circumcision of our Lord, Who, for love o
us, voluntarily subjected Himself to the painful law of the
Old Covenant, that we might be freed from the same.
What was the
It was an external sign of the Old Law, by which the people
of that day were numbered among the chosen people of God, as
now they become, by baptism, members of the Church of
What is the
signification of Circumcision in the moral or spiritual
It signifies the mortification of the senses, of evil
desires, and inclinations. Beg of Christ, therefore, today,
to give you the grace of the true Circumcision of heart.
Why did Jesus submit
That He might show His great love for us. Furthermore to
teach us obedience to the commandments of God and His
Church, since He voluntarily subjected Himself to the Jewish
law, although He was not in the least bound by it.
PRAYER TO BE SAID ON NEW YEAR'S DAY
God, Heavenly Father of Mercy, God of all Consolation! we
thank Thee that from our birth to this day, Thou hast so
well preserved us, and hast protected us in so many dangers;
we beseech Thee, through the merits of Thy beloved Son, and
by His sacred blood which He shed for us on this day in His
circumcision, to forgive all the sins which, during the past
year, we have committed against Thy commandments, by which
we have aroused Thy indignation and wrath against ourselves.
Preserve us in the coming year from all sins, and
misfortunes of body and soul. Grant that from this day to
the end of our lives, all our senses, thoughts, words, and
works, which we here dedicateto Thee for all time, may be
directed in accordance with Thy will, and that we may
finally die in the true Catholic faith, and enjoy with Thee
in Thy kingdom a joyful new year, that shall know no end.