DOMINICA INFRA OCTAVAM NATIVITATIS

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DOMINICA INFRA OCTAVAM NATIVITATIS

† Sequentia sancti Euangélii secundum Lucam (II, 33-40).

In illo tempore: Erat Ioseph et Maria mater Iesu, mirantes super his quae dicebantur de illo. Et benedixit illis Simeon, et dixit ad Mariam matrem eius: Ecce positus est hic in ruinam, et in resurrectionem multorum in Israël: et in signum cui contradicetur: et tuam ipsius animam pertransibit gladius, ut reuelentur ex multis cordibus cogitationes. Et erat Anna prophetissa, fília Phanuel, de tribu Aser: haec processerat in diebus multis, et uixerat cum uiro suo annis septem a uirginitate sua. Et haec uidua usque ad annos octoginta quatuor: quae non discedebat de templo, ieiuniis et obsecrationibus servuiens nocte ac die. Et haec, ipsa hora superueniens, confitebatur Domino, et loquebatur de illo omnibus, qui exspectabant redemptionem Israël. Et ut perfecerunt ómnia secundum legem Domini, reuersi sunt in Galilaeam in ciuitatem suam Nazareth. Puer autem crescebat, et confortabatur, plenus sapientia: et gratia Dei erat in illo.

Today: St. Ambrose of Milan (+4 April 397)

“The Church of the Lord is built upon the rock of the apostles among so many dangers in the world; it therefore remains unmoved. The Church’s foundation is unshakable and firm against assaults of the raging sea. Waves lash at the Church but do not shatter it. Although the elements of this world constantly beat upon the St. Ambrose of Milan (+4 April 397),Church with crashing sounds, the Church possesses the safest harbor of salvation for all in distress. There is a stream which flows down on God’s saints like a torrent. There is also a rushing river giving joy to the heart that is at peace and makes for peace.”