Dear brothers and sisters,
May the Lord give you peace as we continue this holy season.
Please see the beautiful greetings and prayers I have sent to the San Luis Rey Fraternity in a Christmas email from four wonderful people: Jan Parker, OFS (our National Minister), Tibor Kauser, OFS (our International Minister), Pope Francis and Saint Francis. Below is Jan's Christmas greeting to our Fraternity, along with the beautiful artwork shared by Tibor Kauser in his Christmas greeting. Please also stop by our "News from Pope Francis & the Vatican" page for a Christmas greeting from Pope Francis.
Yours in His Light,
Beloved National Family,
Peace and joy in Christ! I wish you a holy, blessed, beautiful, wondrous, joyful, sweet, bright and merry Christmas! Along with my own greeting I include a Christmas greeting from our General Minister Tibor Kauser, and a greeting from Lithuania, one among many National Fraternities of sisters and brothers united with us in our worldwide OFS family.
May we pray together with St. Francis his Psalm 15 from the Office of the Passion - the psalm Francis prayed every day, Morning and Evening, during the Christmas Season. (See below).
Last, but certainly not least, I include Pope Francis's homily from Midnight Mass shared in the 'News from Pope Francis & The Vatican' page of this website and quoted here:
...The faith we proclaim tonight makes us see God present in all those situations where we think he is absent. He is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors.
Let us seek out and welcome Jesus to our world.
Love and peace,
Jan Parker, OFS
Little Office of the Passion, Psalm 15
St. Francis of Assisi
Sing for joy to God our help;
with exultant voice raise to the Lord God living and true a shout of joy.
Because the Lord is the Most High, the awesome, great King over all the earth.
For the most holy Father of heaven,
our King before all ages, sent from on high the beloved Son
who was born of the Blessed Virgin, Holy Mary.
He called out to God, “You are my Father,”
and God placed him as the firstborn,
the highest above all earthly kings.
On that day the Lord sent mercy and song in the night.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.
For to us is given the beloved child most holy,
born for us along the way and placed in a manger
because there was no room for him at the inn.
Glory to the God in the highest
and on earth peace to those of good will.
Let heavens rejoice and earth exult,
let the sea and all that is in it roar,
let fields and everything in them sing for joy
Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
For the Lord is great and highly to be praised;
more awesome than all gods.
Bring to the Lord, families of nations,
bring to the Lord glory and honor,
bring to the Lord the glory due his name.
Cast off the weight of sin and take up the Lord’s holy cross;
follow the Lord’s most holy commands
to the very end.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever.
Secular Franciscan Order
Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
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