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December 4


Monday of the First Week in Advent


Learn about the life and work of St. John Damascene, whose feast day is today.


Daily readings

"The archangel Gabriel answered [Mary]: 'The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you' (Luke 1:34-35). And now you ask how the bread became Christ's body and the wine and water Christ's blood. And I say to you: The Holy Spirit is present and does those things which surpass reason and thought." —St. John of Damascus, On the Orthodox Faith 4.13


St. John Damascene was forced to leave his homeland because of his religion. Pray for religious freedom today.


Advent has just begun. Make reading the daily readings a part of your preparation for Christmas

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