About 2,000 people came to our churches in Victoria during the Julian calendar, January 6, 7, 8, 9, to pray before the Nativity scene.
This is despite the fact that Chritmas this year was during working days for many.
Christmas is a special time of the year. Participation in the pre-Christmas Carols by Candlelight was also very good this year. Our faithful celebrated Christmas Eve supper and Christmas Day dinners in big numbers as well. “It is a time for family and friends” said one parishioner. Christmas carolers also visited homes in our our parishes as well.
Bishop Peter in his homilies in Melbourne, Geelong, and Ardeer stated that the birth of Jesus Christ is fulfilment of the Word of God which promised that a Messsiah, a Savior, would come to save the children of God from their sin after the fall of Adam and Eve.
The celebration of Christmas is the gratitude of humanity for the keeping of this promise by God.
He asked the faithful to spend some time at the crib and to contemplate on the role of each individual at the manger.
They were the first witnesses of the fulfillment of God’s promise. They were our first teachers (Catechists). We know what happened because they witnessed the story. Some of that witness was made without a word being spoken.
Bishop Peter Stasiuk C.Ss.R. AM
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