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December 5


Saturday of the First Week of Advent

  • Although not on the proper calendar for this liturgical year, tomorrow, December 6 is St. Nicholas' feast day.  Read about this saint who is not only the original "Santa Claus," but also the patron of brides and children.

  • Nicholas of Myra is also the patron of young families, as tradition holds that he helped to save three young women from a life of prostitution – and allowed them to have happy, holy marriages.  This would be a good day to encourage people to pray for young adults discerning marriage – including dating and engaged couples, as well as young married couples in the first years of marriage, when societal and economic concerns can sometimes overwhelm and extinguish a growing relationship.

  • Today's Jesse Tree Symbol & Reading
    Today’s ornament has a lamb on it. God instructs Moses and Aaron to slaughter a year‐old male lamb for each member of Israel, smearing the blood to mark every doorpost, thus beginning the tradition of Passover and marking the exodus of the Israelites out of slavery. You can read the whole Passover story in Exodus 12:1‐14:31.
    — Anne-Marie Welsh for Faith magazine, published by the Diocese of Erie

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