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December 6


Saturday of the First Week of Advent

  • Although not on the proper calendar for this liturgical year, December 6 is St. Nicholas' feast day.  Read  about this saint who is not only the original "Santa Claus," but also the patron of brides and children..

  • Nicholas of Myra is also the patron of young families, as tradition holds that he helped to save three young women (perhaps teens, perhaps young adults) from a life of prostitution – and allowed them to have happy, holy marriages.  This would be a good day to encourage people to pray for young adults discerning marriage – including dating and engaged couples, as well as young married couples in the first years of marriage, when societal and economic concerns can sometimes overwhelm and extinguish a growing relationship.

  • Today's Jesse Tree Symbol & Reading:
    God delivered the commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai and Mosesbrought the resulting tablets—and the commandments—back to his people. The ornament depicts the tablets on which the commandments were written. Youwill find the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments in Exodus 19:1‐20:26.
    — Anne-Marie Welsh for Faith.magazine, published by the Diocese of Erie

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