Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

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Past Events - Fall 2008

Lessons and Carols - A Festival of Word and Song to Prepare for Christmas

Thursday, Dec. 4th at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5th at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 7th at 2:00 p.m.

Founders Chapel

"Lessons and Carols" is a Christmas service that dates back over one hundred years. Through poignant readings from the Old and New Testaments interspersed with beautiful music, the congregation is invited to reflect on the birth of Jesus in the context of its significance in salvation history. The celebration begins with the Magnificat, the Blessed Virgin Mary's response to her cousin Elizabeth's praise of her faith. The Magnificat sets the theme for the entire celebration: indeed, God has done great things for us through the child He sent to us through Mary; "His mercy is from age to age on those who fear Him"; He has remembered His covenant with Israel and the promise of a Messiah.

The celebration continues with the readings from the Old Testament, "The Promises", which explain the Fall of Man, the need for a Saviour, and foretell the coming of one. The New Testament readings, "The Promises Fulfilled", tell the story of the Nativity of Jesus. The carols and hymns between the readings include "Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming", "O Come, O Come Emmanuel", "Joy to the World", "Angels We Have Heard on High", and "What Child is This".

The celebration concluded with a homily by Fr. Thomas O'Meara, O.P., Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology, and a silent reflection. A light reception of cookies and apple cider followed the Sunday celebration.

"The Explosion of Ministry in the Local Church Since Vatican II"

Thomas O'Meara, O.P., Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology

Friday, Nov. 7th at 3:30 p.m., (refreshments) lecture at 4:00 p.m.

Hill Reading Room in Copley Library

"Ministry of the Pope"

Thomas O'Meara, O.P., Portman Chair in Roman Catholic Systematic Theology

Tuesday, November 18th at 7:oo p.m.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre