“Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart” (Psalm 97:11)
On This Date…
On December 25, 1121 Saint Norbert and about forty companions professed religious vows in the chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Premontre, France, and so was born the Norbertine Order. According to a biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule (of Saint Augustine), on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”
On December 25, 2016 the Jewish People observe the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, lighting a candle on each of the eight days of the celebration, recalling the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in December 164 BC.
The last time Hanukkah began on Christmas was in 1978 and the next time will be in 2027. At Mass today we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart”. The Feasts of Hanukkah and Christmas bring us light and joy and the promise of “blessed eternity.”