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  • HOMILY FOR THE MORNING MASS OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 25, 2020 at 4:16 am

    Even her betrothed took some convincing not to put her out of sight (Mt 1:19-25). Months later, and now heavily pregnant, she was forced by unsympathetic authorities to take the road to Bethlehem with her husband (Lk 2:1-6). The post HOMILY FOR THE MORNING MASS OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    Christmas can be very isolating. Think of the teenager with the strange story about how she got pregnant (Lk 1:26-38; Mt 1:18). Amidst all the village gossip, she went off to the hills to stay with an aunt (Lk 1:39-56) The post HOMILY FOR THE MIDNIGHT MASS OF THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR END-OF-YEAR CAS STAFF MASS
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 22, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Welcome to our end-of-year Mass for the staff of the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney. How very sad that we are back to sitting at opposite ends of the pews from each other in masks and unable even to sing an Advent carol! The post HOMILY FOR END-OF-YEAR CAS STAFF MASS appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR THE 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT Year B
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 20, 2020 at 3:57 am

    All creation is hushed. The angel and millions of his heavenly comrades all strain to hear the girl’s response. In their limbo Adam and Eve, the patriarchs and prophets, and all the dead, listen attentively. The post HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR THE 4th SUNDAY OF ADVENT Year B appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT Year B
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 12, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    The Ode to Joy appears like a burst of sunlight in the fourth movement of Beethoven’s ninth and last symphony (Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125). His decision to bring soloists and a choir into an orchestral symphony was revolutionary, giving soaring voice to Friedrich Schiller’s poem. The post HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR THE 3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT Year B appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • OPENING OF THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS
    by caslveauth on December 9, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    It’s been a difficult year. At this time last year, smoke hung heavy upon our city, the light was an eery orange hue, and moths invaded the opening night; drought and bushfire continued through the first month of 2020. The post OPENING OF THE LIGHTS OF CHRISTMAS appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR B
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 5, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    In the 1992 Christmas movie, Home Alone 2, the McCallister family go on holidays to Florida, yet again leaving their youngest son, Kevin (played by Macaulay Culkin), alone. Kevin is unperturbed. The post HOMILY FOR THE SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS FOR 2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT, YEAR B appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR THE LOURDES DAY MASS FOR THE ORDER OF MALTA
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 4, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    You have to admit that grown men and women dressing up in the robes, medallions and eight-pointed crosses of mediaeval knights is rather strange! I say that as someone who wears a mediaeval habit every day and has quite a collection of silly hats… So what’s it all about, apart from the fun of fancy dress? The post HOMILY FOR THE LOURDES DAY MASS FOR THE ORDER OF MALTA appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • HOMILY FOR MASS OF THANKSGIVING IN HONOUR OF PROFESSOR GREG CRAVEN
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on December 1, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    This idea of framing and structuring our present by looking to the end is an ancient one. The ancient Greek philosopher Democritus prepared himself by long solitudes and frequenting tombs The post HOMILY FOR MASS OF THANKSGIVING IN HONOUR OF PROFESSOR GREG CRAVEN appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

  • CELEBRATION OF AUNTY ELSIE INDIGENOUS SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS
    by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on November 30, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    Following the acknowledgements and welcomes from Lisa and Chris today, I want to add my own, including a very warm welcome to my place, St Mary’s Cathedral. The post CELEBRATION OF AUNTY ELSIE INDIGENOUS SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS appeared first on Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.