YouTube: Bach – Christmas Oratorio [1-3] Harnoncourt
There is an eerie resemblance between the eye of a hurricane and the present sense of calm in the Church and the world that is the result of the subconscious awareness that the liturgical and social celebrations surrounding the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ in 2017 have a deep spiritual significance for us all. The New Year of 2018 may well usher in changes that will please some people but unsettle and dismay others.
My hope and prayer is that you will so take advantage of the Advent and Christmas Seasons by deepening your faith, love and hope in Jesus Christ and that Our Savior will bestow on you a lasting peace. That will be my special intention for you in all of my Masses this Holy Season.
Wishing you a truly blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year, I remain
Yours in Jesus Christ Our Lord,
+Rene Henry Gracida
Bishop Emeritus of Corpus Christi