TEXT: Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord, January 8, 2017

Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord January 8, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   The very first verses of the Bible, in Chapter 1 of Genesis, tell us: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth…. Then … God said: Let there be light, and there was light.” Think about this: “God said…and there was light” God’s mere word brought forth light.   Eons later, drawing on this opening passage of Genesis St. John the Apostle tells us in the opening passage of his gospel, that we … Continue reading

Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany and the End of the Christmas Season. Today we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord, commemorating the visit and adoration of the Magi to the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The Orthodox Church and many of the Eastern Rite Catholic Churches also effectively celebrate the Epiphany as the commemoration of the birth of Our Lord, i.e., Christmas. Epiphany has historically been celebrated on January 6th since at least the 3rd century, but the U.S. Bishops long ago moved the celebration to the Sunday falling between January 2nd and January 8th (inclusive), in order that more Catholics would be able to … Continue reading

TEXT: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, January 1, 2017

Solemnity of the Mary, the Holy Mother of God January 1, 2017 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Last night at the stroke of midnight the whole world celebrated the passing of the year 2016 and the start of the year 2017. 2,016 years have passed, but 2,016 years since what? Or 2016 years of what? It’s amazing to watch TV or the internet and see people around world celebrating – especially since so many had no clue what they were celebrating. Because the celebration only has meaning when we remember … Continue reading

The Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God

Anno Domini 2017. In recent times, we have been encouraged to use the designation “CE,” short for “Current Era” or “Common Era,” to count the years, i.e., 2017 CE, rather than traditional “AD,” short for “Anno Domini,” meaning, “Year of the Lord.” To me, this is nothing but political correctness run amuck, since the Current/Common Era is still counted by reference to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ in the year 1. So, I refuse to yield to the tyranny of political correctness and will continue to use the traditional and rational “AD,” and encourage you to do so, … Continue reading

TEXT: Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas, December 25, 2016

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Christmas December 25, 2016 Homily by Fr. John De Celles St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church Springfield, VA   Merry Christmas! What a great day. So many wonderful things going on —the family, the food, the gifts, so many things. But of course, one of the things that makes it different from every other day is all the great memories of Christmases past that make this day seem bigger than life.   I’m sure all of you have those memories. I know I do. Memories of my childhood Christmases with my Mom and … Continue reading

The Nativity of Our Lord

Dear sons and daughters in Christ: ​I pray that this Christmas will be a time of true holiness and joy for you and your families. That you will rediscover the pure, innocent love of God made flesh in the face of the tiny Baby Jesus. May He shower you and yours with his love, and “every grace and heavenly blessing.” And may His Holy Mother hold you in her loving arms, as she once so tenderly held Him. For those who are traveling, may He send His holy angels to protect you on your way, and lead you safely home … Continue reading