The Epiphany of the Lord

Sat / Sun January 05 & 06, 2008                             

MASS INTENTIONS:

Sat. 5 pm:           Thank you Mass for Volunteers

Sun. 8:30am:      Margaret Woodman (dec.)

       10:30am:     People of St. Margaret Mary (l. & d.)

        12:30pm:   Int. The Chakrabarti Family (liv.)

Mon. 8 am:        Mass for Peace

Mon. 6pm:         Int. Dave Vansciver (liv.)

Tue. 8am:           Ronilo Liano & John Tompkins (dec.)                      Tue. 6pm:           Private Intentions

Wed. 8 am:         For peace of mind for Rosalie

Wed. 6 pm:        Private Intentions

Thur. 8 am:        Maria-Fatima Gregorio (dec. - 15 ann.)

Thur. 6 pm:        Private Intentions

Fri. 8 am:            -

Fri. 6 pm:            Private Intentions

Sat. 8 am:           -

Sat. 10 am:         Private Intentions

Sat. 5 pm:           -

This week, the 2nd collection  is for Building Fund.  Next week, the 2nd collection is for the Bishop’s Appeal Fund.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. MAY GOD REWARD YOUR GENEROSITY.

EPIPHANY

Today we celebrating Epiphany. This day closes out the Christmas season.  “Epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphanein, “a showing, appearance, or revelation”.

       In the Western Church, the Epiphany evolved into a celebration of the gospel story of the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12) on the occasion of Jesus’ birth; His epiphany to the Gentiles. In the USA, this Feast is transferred to the nearest Sunday (this year, exactly on January 6th). The Blessing of Water, Incense, and Chalk will take place during all Novus Ordo Masses (Sat. Jan. 5th, 5:00pm and Sunday January 6th 8:30 & 10:30am) and the Renewal of Baptismal Promises. Please take home the Holy Water.

 

MAGI

The Gospel story of the Magi is closely associated with Epiphany. It is a reflection on an important aspect of the mystery of the Incarnation:  The Messiah has come to all people and not just to the Jews, a theme highlighted by Matthew’s Gospel.  The word “magi” is Greek and refers to a learned caste in Babylonia, probably astrologers.  It fits into the symbolism of supernatural circumstances that led representatives of the Gentile nations to the Messiah. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh, the three gifts mentioned in the gospel, were traditional symbols of homage in the East.  Traditionally they have come to symbolize the destiny of Jesus: gold for his royalty, frankincense for his divinity, myrrh for his suffering and death. This gospel reflection on the birth of the Messiah was embellished by popular details as the centuries passed.  The number of Magi was set at three by Origen (d.254) because of the three gifts mentioned.  The Magi were turned into Kings in the 6th century because of Old Testament references (Psalm 72:10; Isaiah 60:3ff.).  The representation of the Magi as three kings along with their physical appearance comes in the 9th century.  They described the kings as representing the three major races and gave them names:  Melchior, an old, white man with a long, white beard, bearing the gift of gold; Caspar, young and of darker hue, carrying incense; and Balthasar, a black man, offering myrrh.

 

 

 

Sunday Scripture

          

            All God’s people, both Jew and Gentile, share in the promises of Christ. The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord was once celebrated as festively as Christmas, and, in some parts of the world, is the day on which gifts are exchanged. It is on this day that we specially celebrate that all people are called to be followers of Christ. God’s message of love and forgiveness shines, like the star, for all people.

              The reading from Isaiah speaks of caravans of camels bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh. Ephesians tells us that all are members of Christ’s mystical body and sharers of the promise. The Gospel brings these images together in the account of the Wise Men, who came from the East in search of the newborn King of the Jews.

 

 

Prelude:                  Wie Schoen Leuchtet, Pachelbel

Hymns:                    We 3 Kings; The First Noel

Mass at  5:00 pm(Sat.): TBA

Mass at 10: 30:       Missa Adeste Fideles, Rossini.

                                St. MM Choir

Mass at 12:30:        Missa Adeste Fideles, Rossini.

                                Angelus Choir

Organ Postlude:     Noel, McKay

Weekly update

12.24/25 &12/29-30

Year- to Date

Actual Christmas

$ 15,136.50

$ 261,690.74

Goal for Christmas

$ 16,452.00

$ 286,598.00

Shortfall

$ 1,315.50

$ 24,907.26

Sun. 12.29/30 actual

$ 4,676.00

$ 266,366.74

Goal

5,100.00

$ 291,698.00

 Shortfall

$ 424.00

$ 25,331.26

Par.  Dev. Fund

$ 60.00

$ 9,090.00

Building Fund

$ 1007.00

$ 41,025.00