A Reflection On the Annunciation

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

As I said in a previous post on Ash Wednesday, the lives of both my wife and myself were, from the beginning of this Lent and before, destined for change and radical reform because our new daughter would be coming into the world before the end of Lent. Riley Amelia has arrived, and even now, it is clear that our …

Nativity re-enactment ushers in Christmas

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News

By Lourdes Garza “Grupo Emanuel” again presented a rendition of the Nativity story in the Mexican tradition of a “pastorela” on Sunday, Dec. 21. The acting group was made up of parishioners from Holy Ghost Church, Sacred Heart Cathedral and All Saints Church and members of the Comité Popular de Knoxville. The actors and crew included a multigenerational group ranging …

It’s “O” Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Those of us who daily celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours could probably tell that it is getting close to Christmas even if we couldn’t get a look at the calendar, because beginning last Wednesday and continuing through Tuesday evening, December 23rd, before reciting the Magnificat (i.e. “my soul magnifies the Lord”) from Luke 1:46-55, we recite a series of …

Long Ago Prophets Knew…

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

On this third Sunday of Advent, we reflect in the first reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah (61:1-2, 10-11) in the readings for Mass today. This is a passage seen by both scholars and theologians to be distinctly messianic in nature. In other words, the Jewish people of Jesus’ time would have seen this passage as referring to …

Reflection for Vespers

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

This past Friday evening (December 5th) was my turn to lead Evening Prayer for our diaconate formation class. For some time now, we’ve been including a reflection by the candidate leading Morning or Evening Prayer. In sharing one of my reflections before on Life At 25, I said that it was rather like “practice preaching” to prepare us for the …

A Nativity Reflection

David Oatney Catechism, Saints

Advent comes to an end this afternoon, and the celebration of the Nativity of the Lord begins with the First Vespers of Christmas tonight. Parishes in some places will even have the first Masses of Christmas as early as the liturgical laws of the Church will allow, some at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, because in many places the …

He Comes To Bring Good Tidings

David Oatney Prayer

With the sun going down on the shortest day of the year, it is now the Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent. The celebration of Our Lord’s Nativity is three days away. Many of us are engaged in those last-minute Christmas preparations. In our home, we are finishing up the candy and cookies, and there are still some gifts …

The Time Is Near

David Oatney Catechism

This past Sunday began the third week of Advent, and it is traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday, or the Sunday of rejoicing. Many priests and deacons wore rose-colored vestments or stoles Sunday. It also means that we will begin to see the daily readings shift from a kind of apocalyptic eschatological focus on the second coming to a centering on the first …