BLOG: Advent and Christmas
Although the Canadian Church moved the official celebration of the Epiphany to the first Sunday of January, the Universal Church still celebrates the feast on January 6th. In Rome today, Pope Benedict XVI marked the solemnity with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and gave a homily reflecting on the significance of the Magi, or the more
Today celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. A week after we have celebrated the birth of our Saviour, we recognize His mother — Theotokos, God-bearer! It’s also an appropriate time to celebrate this feast as we begin the new year. Pope Benedict XVI noted this in his homily on this day four more
The term epiphany means “to show,” “to make known” or “to reveal.” The Feast of the Epiphany had its origin in the Eastern Church. In Jerusalem, close to Bethlehem, the feast had a special reference to the Nativity. Today in Eastern Orthodox churches, the emphasis for this feast is on the shining forth and revelation more
As this year draws to a close, and 2010 begins, Salt + Light Television is pleased to bring to you two Papal events. On New Year’s Eve, at St. Peter’s in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Vespers in thanksgiving for the year gone by. You can watch this live, without English translation, Thursday, December more
In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; more
Oscar Romero, the Archbishop of El Salvador who was assassinated in 1980 and was an incredible witness to human rights, had a heart that was always drawn to the poor and neglected. On December 24th, 1978, three years before he was killed, he writes: This is the Christian’s joy: I know that I am a more
Mary and Me
Gillian Kantor
December 23, 2009
As my family and I count down to Christmas, we are trying to keep a watchful eye on our crèche, lest our preparations get us out of control and into commercialism. Perhaps it is a lofty goal but rather than getting lost in a shopping mall, we want to get lost in contemplation of the more
Just a reminder that Tuesday, December 22nd is the last Zoom for 2009. Zoom will return from hiatus in the new year on January 4th. In place of Zoom, on our digital cable network at 7pm and 11pm ET, we will be broadcasting The 12 Days of Christmas feature that you may remember from last more
As Advent winds down, we remind you that we will open the Christmas season with Pope Benedict XVI’s celebration of Holy Mass on the Solemnity of the Birth of Our Lord from St. Peter’s in Rome. In a break from tradition, midnight Mass will actually be celebrated at 10pm Rome time. Therefore, you can tune more
As heard on the Monday, December 14th edition of Zoom, the president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is reminding the faithful to keep focused on Christ this time of year. In the CCCB’s Christmas message, Bishop Pierre Morissette writes: When we find ourselves caught up in decorations and advertisements, God invites us to more