V. O God, come to my assistance.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father…
The Flight into Egypt
O most sweet infant Jesus, whom Herod tried to slay,
carried by St. Joseph with your Mother into Egypt, saved
from death by flight, and glorified by the blood of the
holy innocents. Have mercy on. us.
Have mercy on us. O Lord. Have mercy on us.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to thee
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
Christ is at hand. O come, let us worship him.
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Stanely L. Jaki, The Savior of Science (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2000), pp. 213-214, 216, 217:
Whatever the varieties of storms that arise today on the horizon, none will hit home more viscerally than the ideological storm already raging about human reproduction. Those to be found at the center of that storm will largely be Catholics, with a sprinkling of Evangelicals thrown in for good measure. … In setting their face against the winds of social ostracism, Catholics will look for intellectual support to strengthen themselves. If they invoke natural law they will soon find out that non-Catholic, let alone non-Christian sympathizers will be scarce as hen’s teeth. If they look for a justification of natural law in the very specific laws of the physical universe, they will again find themselves largely alone. Those laws, however exact, specific, coherent, and all-embracing, are all too often taken for mere economies of the intellect that have at most a statistical validity. Within that perspective the basic laws of human behavior can but appear to be so many … transitory cultural preferences.
“Those Catholics will find that the heroic stand to be demanded from them will require more than what philosophy or science can provide. They will find that–to take a most burning question, abortion–their stand is ultimately predicated not on this or that ruling of Canon Law or on the lack of dissent among Catholic moral theologians, but on the Church’s liturgical awareness of the very start of Christ’s life. If abortion will forever remain for Catholics an ‘abominable crime,’ it is because Mary, if guided by modern justifications for it, would have had more than one “compelling reason” for getting rid of the Being whose life began in the very moment of her fiat to the angel’s words. …
“Insofar as the future can be guessed with an eye on the past , present-day secularist pressures centering on Catholicism, as the only form of Christianity that refuses to “cave in,” should be no source for anxiety. Among facts that will prevail with the Fact of Christ is His saving impact on science. … [The source] of Catholic tenaciousness … is to be found in the endurance of those Catholics who do not forget for a moment that only one Rock of Foundation was ever assured permanence. … That the casting of one’s lot with Christ is also an act most worthy of science, may undoubtedly be a comforting thought in an age of science. … In it one can see Christ as the assurance for such notions as creation out of nothing, creation in time, a fully ordered universe, and purpose (cosmic and individual)–the assurance that alone assured the rise of science. …
“A truly divine Incarnate Logos, the Creator and Redeemer of the universe, should, even from a purely conceptual perspective, appear to have universal significance. The same Logos should therefore appear most significant for the rise and future of science, which has nothing less than the universe for its framework and subject. The truth of this will be doubted only by such Catholics for whom cultural consensus has become the guarantee of truth. They will transcend their stiflingly narrow cultural conditioning only by pondering the words: ‘You will be under pressure in this world,’ a world which certainly includes the world of academia, prestigious publishing houses, and influential editorial offices.
“Those words, though they may seem to be words of defeat to an outsider, are words of triumph, because Christ served and sparked gigantic evidence that pressures, nay persecutions, once answered by love, are so many assurances of victory.“
Another reminder about your Advent homework:
Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!
A Catholic tale have I to tell:
And a Christian song have I to sing
While all the bells in Arundel ring.
I pray good beef and I pray good beer
This holy night of all the year,
But I pray detestable drink for them
That give no honour to Bethlehem.
May all good fellows that here agree
Drink Audit Ale in heaven with me,
And may all my enemies go to hell!
Noël! Noël! Noël! Noël!
May all my enemies go to hell!
I wish I could read music well enough to make sense of the melody.