Fourth Sunday of Advent – Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled

Today’s Gospel reading recalls Mary’s actions after the announcement of Jesus’ birth by the angel Gabriel. Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, her cousin, who is also with child. Elizabeth greets Mary with full recognition of the roles that they and their unborn children will play in God’s plan for salvation. If we were to continue to read the verses that follow in Luke’s Gospel, we would hear Mary respond to Elizabeth’s greeting with her song of praise, the Magnificat. Both women recall and echo God’s history of showing favour upon the people of Israel.

 

Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit and sings Mary’s praise because she bears the Lord. We sing these words of praise to Mary in the Hail Mary. Even John the Baptist, the unborn child in Elizabeth’s womb, is said to recognize the presence of the Lord and leaps for joy.

 

Confessions before Christmas

To give the opportunity for as many people as possible to benefit from the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas. Fr. John will be available for confession on Wednesday, December 22nd, Thursday, December 23rd and Christmas Eve on Friday, December 24th after Mass. Due to the omicron variant confessions will be in the Hall not the confessional.

 

Christmas Masses

Friday 24th December

Vigil of Christmas

St. Teilo’s   4.00pm Offeren Nadolig yn Gymraeg – Christmas Mass in Welsh
St. Teilo’s   6.00pm Christmas Vigil Mass
St. Teilo’s 10.00pm Mass of Christmas Night
Saturday 25th December

Christmas Day

St. Teilo’s 10.00am Mass of Christmas Day

 

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