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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Catechist

by : RCLB

Catechist Background and Preparation To prepare for this session, read all the readings. Readings for Mass at Midnight Isaiah 9:1-6 Ps. 96:1-3, 11-13 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-14 Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Is there a particular reading that appeals to you? Is there a word or image that engages you? Read the...

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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Primary

by : RCLB

Primary Session Luke 2:1-14 Opening Prayer Dear God, Thank you for sending Jesus into the world. The shepherds were afraid because they didn't understand at first, but we know that Jesus is your son and our savior. Through Christ Jesus, your son, we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection Display items on a table that will help children use their five...

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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Intermediate

by : RCLB

Intermediate Session Isaiah 9:1-6 Luke 2:14 Opening Prayer Thank you, God, for sending Jesus into the world. He began his human life with poor parents and his first visitors to the crude stable were lowly shepherds. Help us remember the true gift of this Christmas season. Through Christ Jesus, your son, we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection Show a one-...

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Nativity of the Lord, A-C, Junior High

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Junior High Session Isaiah 9:1-6 Luke 2:14 Opening Prayer Loving God, you sent Jesus into the world bringing your gift of peace. Help us work to be peacemakers, especially in the areas of our lives where peace is hard to find. Give us courage in difficult times to remember your gift. Through Christ Jesus, your son, we pray. Amen. Opening Life Reflection...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 21 Read Sunday’s Gospel: Luke 3:15-16, 21-22 Gospel Summary Jesus came to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. At first John objected and said that it was he, John, who should be baptized by Jesus. Jesus indicated a future baptism when he responded to John saying that it was fitting for John to baptize Jesus. John acquiesced and at the...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Feast of the Holy Family, Year C

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 17 Read: Luke 2:41-52 Gospel Summary Families living far from Jerusalem were not required by law to attend the feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. However, Mary and Joseph were very devout and chose with members of their family and community to make the long journey to Jerusalem to observe these holy days. On the journey home,...

Posted in: Gospel Reflections C    

Nativity of the Lord (Mass during the Night)

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 14 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:1-14 Gospel Summary This portion of Luke's infancy narrative contains two distinct components. First we are given the setting. Decreed by the rulers of the day, people were to journey to their hometown and be counted in the census. For Joseph, this meant taking his pregnant wife to Bethlehem. No sooner had they...

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Feast of the Holy Family, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 17 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:22-40 Gospel Summary Mary and Joseph, obedient Jewish parents, presented Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem in today's gospel. He was given the name requested of the angel at the annunciationÑJesus. An unusual thing happened at the Temple, however, when a holy man named Simeon approached the family. Simeon foretold...

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 18 Read the Gospel: Luke 2:16-21 Gospel Summary After the shepherds receive the good news from the angel, they follow the sign to find the savior. They tell everyone they meet, including Joseph and Mary that this child is indeed special, the Son of God and Savior of the world. It is hard for people to understand what all this means; even Mary...

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Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Year B

by : RCLB

Lectionary: 21 Read the Gospel: Mark 1:7-11 Gospel Summary Most of Mark's accounts of events in Jesus' life are short and to the point. The account of Jesus' baptism in today's gospel illustrates this. In a few brief sentences, Mark makes clear that Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan. There is no doubt that John was the lesser of the two figures....

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