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

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  1. Sandra Ida says:

    Dear Bishop Gracida, Greetings from South Florida. Thank you for this message of hope. There is much to ponder here for sure. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year, Sandy and Tom Ida

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  2. Thank you Your Grace. Please pray for my grandson, William

  3. Vera Schraa says:

    Thank you your Excellency, I love that picture of Mary and Babe – – I’ve never seen it before, lovey. I wish you a happy and holy New Year too. vs

  4. Kathleen McBride says:

    Don’t remember the details but he was forced from his See years ago

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  5. Merry Christmas Your Excellency!

  6. Blessed Christmas to you also, Bishop. And God bless us all.
    katey in OR

  7. Michael J. Miciak says:

    Same to you!

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  8. Merry Christmas to His Excellency, Bishop Gracida, and to everyone else on this Blog!!! Peace of Christ to all!!!! We are really blessed with you Bishop Gracida!!!!!!!!

  9. Jim Devlin says:

    Merry Christmas Bishop!! Many blessings to you. Jim, Caryl and Genevieve.

    Jim Devlin 361/850-0964 cell 361/884-8824 work Sent from my iPhone

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