BCI wishes all a very happy and healthy new year.
Once again this year, we thought both the first reading and psalm for today would make for a nice way to kick off 2013. As we celebrate the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, the psalm is: “May God bless us in his mercy.” (Psalm 67).
Here is a beautiful 2-minute musical version of the psalm, entitled, “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by British composer, John Rutter.
(In case you cannot play the embedded video, here is a link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO17DIeI7Ec )
Our prayer for you in 2013 is that same hope so beautifully expressed in the song–that the Lord bless and keep you, that His Face shine upon you and be gracious, and give you peace.