New Song by Scott Hahn
The Church’s liturgy rings in Christmas with a joyful noise. We hear today of uplifted voices, trumpets and horns, and melodies of praise.
In the First Reading, Isaiah fortells Israel’s liberation from captivity and exile in Babylon. He envisions a triumphant homecoming to Zion marked by joyful singing.
The New ‘Ark’
The Church in her liturgy and tradition has long praised Mary as “the Ark of the New Covenant.” We see biblical roots for this in the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (Cycle C).
Compare Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth with the story of David returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and you’ll hear interesting echoes.
As Mary “set out” for the hill country of...
The Angel and Mary: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
In the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the angel Gabriel greets Mary in an unusual way: "Hail, favored one" (see Luke 1:28).
Kecharitomene, the Greek word translated as "favored one," is very rare, used in only one other place in the New Testament. It comes from charis, the Greek word for "grace" and basically means "made full of...