The Catholic Calendar for Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

St. Juan Diego, hermit

Scripture from today’s Liturgy of the Word:
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96:1-2, 3 and 10ac, 11-12, 13
Matthew 18:12-14

A reflection on today’s Sacred Scripture:

Sing to the LORD; bless His Name! (Psalm 96:2)

The Psalms inspire us to express our deepest feelings for God through prayer. Today’s Psalm 96 stirs us to bless, praise and glorify the Name of God. The Catechism teaches us that the Lord’s Name is holy and “we must keep it in mind in silent, loving adoration.” (Catechism, Par. 2143)

One of the most meaningful ways we can do this is at the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, where at the conclusion of the exposition of the consecrated host and liturgy, the beautiful Divine Praises are chanted:

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

The acclamation continues with the blessing of the names of Mary, of Joseph, and of all the angels and saints. As the priest is leaving, we bless God’s Name again with the closing hymn, “Holy God We Praise Thy Name!”

Advent is a beautiful reason to sing to the Lord a new song with Vespers and incense! Seek to attend a Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as your Christmas gift to Almighty God, who confides His Name to those who believe in Him, who believes in you and calls you by name.

To your great Name be endless praise!

– Elizabeth A. Tichvon | elizabethtichvon@comcast.net

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