1 Jn 2:3-11; Ps 96:1-3, 5b-6; Lk 2:22-35
Wednesday: 1 Jn 2:12-17; Ps 96:7-10; Lk 2:36-40
1 Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96:1-2, 11-13; Jn 1:1-18
Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Gal 4:4-7;
1 Jn 2:22-28; Ps 98:1-4; Jn 1:19-28
Is 60:1-6; Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13;
Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12
Why does the liturgy begin with a procession? It is not just a
sacristy to the sanctuary. The procession is a powerful sign of
who we are as Christian people. We are not static, staying in one
place. We are going somewhere. Our procession leads us to the
altar, sign of Christ’s presence in our midst. We move, we
process, because we recognize our need for what Christ is
preparing for us at that table. We go forward eagerly, because we
are hungry for that heavenly food.
This procession is an orderly one: servers, deacon, priest
servers, dalmatic for the deacon, chasuble for the priest. The
procession is an image of the hierarchical structure of the Church.
On a deeper level it is an image of unity in diversity. We are all
on a journey to the heavenly city, but each of us is clothed with
different gifts. We all receive the call to service, but not in the
same way. Only by coming together in all our wonderful variety
can we achieve the work of the kingdom.
—Corinna Laughlin, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.