Normally, the Paschal Mystery comes to the fore in the Christmas Season with the feast of the Protomartyr Saint Stephen. However, his feast this year was displaced by Sunday's celebration of the Holy Family.
Thus, today's feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs, introduces the mystery of suffering into the joy of God's incarnation in Jesus Christ, our Saviour.
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O God, whom the Holy Innocents confessed and proclaimed on this day, not by speaking but by dying, grant, we pray, that the faith in you which we confess with our lips may also speak through our manner of life. Through our Lord.
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Christmas Season Photos
There have been lots of photos taken recently and, while I am in Montreal this week, even more are being taken.
So, here are some of the Christmas Masses at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica celebrations on Christmas Eve (7PM and Midnight), followed by some pictures taken during my visit with the Soeurs de la Charite d'Ottawa followed the Christmas morning Mass.
Others will follow during this week while I make a few posts as I visit family in Montreal for a couple of days.