Monday, December 16, 2013




TODAY IS POPE FRANCIS BIRTHDAY.  He turns 77 today December 17, 2013. He was born in Flores, Buenos Aires, Argentina in South America. Francis was named Jorge Mario Bergoglio by his parents. He was born on December 17, 1936. He became the 266th Pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on March 13,  2012. He was ordained a priest in 1969. Jorge was the oldest of 5 children to Mario and Regina of Italy. 
 Let us pray for our Pontiff Francis.

May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. 
Let us pray.
O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church: grant him, we beseech Thee, that, by word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, he may attain everlasting life. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


THE "O ANTIPHONS" are known from the Roman Breviary as the Antiphonæ majores, "greater antiphons". They come from Old Testament bible passages of Isaiah.
The seven  verses are sung or recited before the Magnificat prayer in the ferial Office of the seven days preceeding the vigil of Christmas; so called because all begin with the interjection "O". Boethius (c. 480-524) made  reference to them, thereby suggesting their presence at that time. The opening words are:
Dec. 17 - O Sapientia (Wisdom)
Dec. 18 - O Adonai (Lord)
Dec. 19 - O Radix Jesse (Root of Jesse)
Dec. 20 - O Clavis David (Key of David)
Dec. 21 - O Oriens (Dayspring)
Dec. 22 - O Rex Gentium (King of the nations)
Dec. 23 - O Emmanuel (God is with us)
A paraphrase of some of these is found in the hymn. "Veni, veni, Emmanuel" .
If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one - Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix,Adonai, Sapientia - the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” These antiphons are prayers that can help us prepare for the coming of Jesus in Advent.

O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodiisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem,

fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: 

veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.


O Adonai, et Dux domus Israel,
qui Moysi in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel,
who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush
and gave him the law on Sinai:
Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm
O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem Gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.
O Root of Jesse, stand as a sign among the peoples;
before you kings will shut their mouths,
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us,
and delay no longer

O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel;
qui aperis, et nemo claudit;
claudis, et nemo aperit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.
O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death

O Oriens splendor lucis aeternae,
veni, et illumina sedentes
in tenebris, et umbra mortis

O Dayspring, Splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death

O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay
O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster
O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver,
the Desire of all nations, and their Salvation:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Compiled from the Catholic Encyclopedia


Opening Prayer:

V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without


Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Day 1 Prayers

The Incarnation.

O most sweet infant Jesus, who descended from the bosom of the eternal Father into the womb of the Virgin Mary, where, conceived by the Holy Ghost, you took upon yourself, O Incarnate Word, the form of a servant for our salvation. Have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, O Lord. Have mercy on us.

Hail Mary full of Grace the Lord is with Thee blessed art Thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on  any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.


Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent
Lectionary: 193

Reading 1         GN 49:2, 8-10

Jacob called his sons and said to them:
“Assemble and listen, sons of Jacob,
listen to Israel, your father.

“You, Judah, shall your brothers praise
–your hand on the neck of your enemies;
the sons of your father shall bow down to you.
Judah, like a lion’s whelp,
you have grown up on prey, my son.
He crouches like a lion recumbent,
the king of beasts–who would dare rouse him?
The scepter shall never depart from Judah,
or the mace from between his legs,
While tribute is brought to him,
and he receives the people’s homage.”

Responsorial Psalm              PS 72:1-2, 3-4AB, 7-8, 17

R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
The mountains shall yield peace for the people,
and the hills justice.
He shall defend the afflicted among the people,
save the children of the poor.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Gospel                   MT 1:1-17

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,
Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.


St. John of Matha
Feast: December 17

Feast Day:December 17
Born:June 23, 1160, Faucon in Provence
Died:December 17, 1213, Rome
The life of St. John of Matha was one long course of self-sacrifice for the glory of God and the good of his neighbor. As a child, his chief delight was serving the poor; and he often told them he had come into the world for no other end but to wash their feet. He studied at Paris with such distinction that his professors advised him to become a priest, in order that his talents might render greater service to others; and, for this end, John gladly sacrificed his high rank and other worldly advantages. At his first Mass an angel appeared, clad in white, with a red and blue cross on his breast, and his hands reposing on the heads of a Christian and a Moorish captive. To ascertain what this signified, John repaired to St. Felix of Valois, a holy hermit living near Meaux, under whose direction he led a life of extreme penance. The angel again appeared, and they then set out for Rome, to learn the will of God from the lips of the Sovereign Pontiff, who told them to devote themselves to the redemption of captives. For this purpose they founded the Order of the Holy Trinity. The religious fasted every day, and gathering alms throughout Europe took them to Barbary, to redeem the Christian slaves. They devoted themselves also to the sick and prisoners in all countries. The charity of St. John in devoting his life to the redemption of captives was visibly blessed by God. On his second return from Tunis he brought back one hundred and twenty liberated slaves. But the Moors attacked him at sea, over- i powered his vessel, and doomed it to destruction, with all on board, by taking away the rudder and sails, and leaving it to the mercy of the winds. St. John tied his cloak to the mast, and prayed, saying, "Let God arise, and let His enemies be scattered. O Lord, Thou wilt save the humble, and wilt bring down the eyes of the proud." Suddenly the wind filled the small sail, and, without guidance, carried the ship safely in a few days to Ostia, the port of Rome, three hundred leagues from Tunis. Worn out by his heroic labors, John died in 1213, at the age of fifty-three.


Peter O'Toole the famous actor has died. He was born on Aug. 2, 1932 and died on Dec. 14, 2013 at the age of 81. He was born as Peter Seamus O'Toole in Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. O'Toole was raised Catholic. He was married to actress Sian Phillips from 1959-1979. They had 2 daughters Kate O'Toole and Patricia O'Toole. He had a son named Lorcan when he was 50 with his girlfriend Karen Brown. Please pray for his soul. O'Toole made many Catholic films including his last on St. Katherine of Alexandria. He played a priest in "For Greater Glory".

 T.E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962)

Katherine of Alexandria (2014)
Character Gallus 

Mary (2014) aka "Mary Mother of Christ"
Character Symeon 

The Whole World at Our Feet (2013) 

For Greater Glory (2012) aka "Cristiada"
Character Father Christopher 

Eager to Die (2010)
Character Lord Pelican 

God's Spy (2009) 

The Phoenix (2008) 

Love and Virtue (2008)
stars as Atlantes 

Home for Christmas (2008)
stars as Glen Weissler 

Ratatouille (2007)
stars as Anton Ego (voice) 

Stardust (2007)
stars as King of Stormhold 

One Night with the King (2006) Five Years with the King!
stars as Samuel, the Prophet 

Venus (2006)
stars as Maurice 

Casanova (2005) - TM
stars as Older Casanova 

Lassie (2005)
stars as The Duke 

Troy (2004)
stars as Priam 

Imperium: Augustus (2003) - TM
stars as Augustus Caesar 

Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) - TM aka Hitler: La naissance du mal (Canada: French title)
stars as President Paul von Hindenburg 

Bright Young Things (2003)
stars as Colonel Blount 

The Final Curtain (2002)
Character J.J. Curtis 

Global Heresy (2002) Rock My World
stars as Lord Charles Foxley 

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999) Father Damien
stars as William Williamson 

The Manor (1999)
stars as Mr. Ravenscroft 

Phantoms (1998) Dean Koontz's Phantoms
stars as Dr. Timothy Flyte 

FairyTale: A True Story (1997) Fairy Tale
stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 

Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994) - TV
stars as Sam Trump 

The Seventh Coin (1993)
stars as Emil Saber 

Isabelle Eberhardt (1992)
stars as Maj. Lyautey 

Rebecca's Daughters (1992)
stars as Lord Sarn 

King Ralph (1991)
stars as Sir Cedric Charles Willingham 

The Nutcracker Prince (1990)
stars as Pantaloon 

Wings of Fame (1990)
stars as Cesar Valentin 

The Rainbow Thief (1990)
stars as Prince Meleagre 

In una notte di chiaro di luna (1989) As Long as It's Love
stars as Prof. Yan McShoul 

High Spirits (1988)
stars as Peter Plunkett 

The Last Emperor (1987) Dernier empereur, Le
stars as Reginald Johnston (R.J.) 

Club Paradise (1986)
stars as Governor Anthony Cloyden Hayes 

Creator (1985) The Big Picture
stars as Harry 

Supergirl (1984) Supergirl: The Movie
stars as Zaltar 

Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet (1983)
stars as Sherlock Holmes 

Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four (1983)
stars as Sherlock Holmes 

Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear (1983)
stars as Sherlock Holmes 

Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse (1983)
stars as Sherlock Holmes 

My Favorite Year (1982)
stars as Alan Swann 

Masada (1981) - TV The Antagonists
stars as General Cornelius Flavius Silva 

The Stunt Man (1980)
stars as Eli Cross 

Caligola (1979) Caligula
stars as Emperor Tiberius Caesar 

Zulu Dawn (1979)
stars as Lord Chelmsford 

Power Play (1978) State of Shock
stars as Colonel Zeller 

Foxtrot (1976) The Other Side of Paradise
stars as Liviu 

Man Friday (1975)
stars as Robinson Crusoe 

Rosebud (1975)
stars as Larry Martin 

Under Milk Wood (1972)
stars as Captain Tom Cat 

The Ruling Class (1972)
stars as Jack Gurney, 14th Earl of Gurney 

Man of La Mancha (1972) Uomo della Mancha, L'
stars as Don Quixote de La Mancha/Miguel de Cervantes/Alonso Quijana 

Murphy's War (1971)
stars as Murphy 

Country Dance (1970) Brotherly Love
stars as Sir Charles Ferguson 

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969)
stars as Arthur Chipping 

Great Catherine (1968)
stars as Capt. Charles Edstaston 

The Lion in Winter (1968)
stars as Henry II 

The Night of the Generals (1967) Tank Force
stars as General Tanz 

How to Steal a Million (1966) William Wyler's How to Steal a Million
Character Simon Dermott 

The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966) The Bible
Character The Three Angels 

What's New, Pussycat (1965) Quoi de neuf, Pussycat?
Character Michael James 

Lord Jim (1965)
Character Lord Jim 

Becket (1964)
Character King Henry II 

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Character T.E. Lawrence 

The Savage Innocents (1960) Dents du diable, Les
Character First Trooper 

The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)
Character Captain Fitch 

Kidnapped (1960)
Character Robin MacGregor 


Vatican City, 15 December 2013 (VIS) – Two thousand envelopes will be distributed to the needy, in the locations where aid is offered by the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, by volunteers who provide evening assistance or by Archbishop Konrad Krajewski, Almoner of His Holiness. It is the Pope's Christmas gift to the poorest and most marginalised of the capital.
The envelopes, which will be delivered by Archbishop Krajewski, are franked with Vatican stamps, so that it may be used, simply by adding an address, and contains the Pope's signed Christmas greetings card, telephone cards and day tickets for the Metro, the city's underground rail service.
The directorate of ATAC (Municipal Agency for Transport in Rome) has offered 4000 day tickets for the Metro, the Vatican Post has offered the stamps, and the envelopes were donated by the Vatican Typography.

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