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January 12, 2020 by Deacon Michael Houtchen The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord Gospel Matthew 3:13-17 Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.  John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?”  Jesus said to…

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January 05, 2020 by Deacon Michael Houtchen The Epiphany of the Lord Gospel Matthew 2:1-12 When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?   We saw his star at its rising and have…

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December 29, 2019 by Deacon Michael Houtchen The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Gospel Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23 When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. …

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December 22, 2019 Fourth Sunday of Advent by Deacon Michael Houtchen Gospel Matthew 1:18-24 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.  When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.  Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,…

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December 08, 2019 by Deacon Michael Houtchen Second Sunday of Advent Gospel Matthew 3:1-12 John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”  It was of him that the prophet Isaiah had spoken when he said: A voice of one crying out in…