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The Holy Spirit, in the form of a Dove,descends upon Jesus at His baptism to confirm that He is the Son of God.19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, he did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 They said to him then, “Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

Wise Men from the East, also known as the Magi or Kings, followed the Star of Bethlehem to find the newborn King of Kings.Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet:

Immediately acting upon the instructions from an Angel of God in a dream, Joseph escapes with Mary and Jesus by night out of Bethlehem and into Egypt.Our Holy Family Novena begins on the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, which is Friday December 30, 2016. The Novena begins on the feast day and continues through January 7, 2017. God chose to belong to a human family. A family just like yours. A place where virtues can be learned; where respect, forgiveness, and love take root. This is the miracle of Christmas. Celebrate this Christmas Season by joining the Missionaries of the Holy Family in prayer to strengthen your family life. We will be celebrating Mass on each of the nine days.

"Adoration of the Shepherds" is a painting by Jan de Bray, a Dutch Golden Age artist, 1627 - 1697.18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way: When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said:

In this simple image, the Infant Jesus sleeps peacefully as foretold by the Prophet Isaiah.1 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LordHis delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

This image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is what she looked like when she appeared to Saint Juan Diego in Mexico in 1531.The Woman and the Dragon: 1 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

In this exquisite painting by Italian artist, Placido Costanzi (1702-1759), the Virgin Mary is seen as receiving the supernatural gift of being immaculately conceived as the Ark of the New Covenant.1 Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, moving down the slopes of Gilead. 2 Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing, all of which bear twins, and not one among them is bereaved. 3 Your lips are like a scarlet thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil.

In the beautiful change of seasons, Saint Athanasius reminds us that we must not let any season pass without thanksgiving to God.1 All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build. A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

In this Healing of the Ten Lepers by the artist James Tissot, created between 1886 and 1894, Jesus Christ reveals His love and mercy for the suffering..11 On the way to Jerusalem, Jesus was traveling between Samaria and Galilee. 12 And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13 and lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14 When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

Sent by Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal the Peace Plan from Heaven.Saint Wenceslaus Church in Saint Louis, Missouri will host the 100th Anniversary of Fatima & Tour for Peace: 1917 - 2017, featuring the story of the Fatima Apparitions and the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady. The date is Sunday, November 13, 2016, beginning with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9:00 a.m., and ending with Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament at 4:30 p.m. For more information about the Tour for Peace, please click here.