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December 21st — Third Friday in Advent

It may come as a surprise to some that there were female prophets in Israel in addition to the more famous males. There was Miriam, of course, Moses’s sister, but there were also Deborah and Huldah. Miriam left a notable song, sung on the shores of the Red Sea (Exodus 15:21)…

December 19th — Third Wednesday in Advent

ElizabethWhen Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. … And blessed is she who believed that there would be a…

December 15th — Second Saturday of Advent

John the BaptistIn those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” … Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:1-2,…