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We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, as the traditional caretakers of the land which is the Richmond Catholic Parish.

We acknowledge the Elders, past and present.

May we, too, be good stewards of this land.

The Davidic Messiah PDF Print E-mail

Sunday 22 December 2019: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Jesus was born of Mary, the betrothed of Joseph, a son of David

Fourth Advent candle is lit...As in Luke’s account, Mary’s virginal conception is clearly affirmed. Her son is not only to be ‘a descendant of David’, as our reading from Romans declares, but also the Son of God, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit - something that our reading from Romans declares will be made manifest to the whole world ‘through his resurrections from the dead’. Matthew also cites the words of Isaiah, ‘a virgin will conceive’. The prophet’s prediction, in fact, was that Ahaz the king was to be given a sign from God in the coming birth of a son. (There are about a dozen of these ‘all this was to fulfil’ citations in Matthew’s gospel. They are not technical interpretations of the texts cited, but expressions - in the spirit of the rabbinical traditions - of the conviction that Christian faith’s reading of the Old Testament recognises the ‘fulfilment’ of old Israel’s hopes.)...

Extract by John Thornhill sm - read more at The Emmaus Series

Prayer for Lighting the Advent Candle

Lord, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of your son, Jesus Christ, this Christmas, we pray that we will welcome him into our hearts. As the light of our advent wreath grows stronger, week by week, make us strong in following him in the love and the peace we show to others. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 
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