Lord, even though I woke up with the same troubles I had yesterday, I know there is great power in my choices. So today in this new year, dear God, I choose to listen for your voice above everything else. Forgive me for not trusting you enough. Forgive me for spinning my wheels and trying to work everything out all on my own. Help me to truly let go of what you have asked me to release to you and to believe that you’re at work in ways I can’t fully see. Help me in my unbelief.
New Years Traditions:
Many New Year’s traditions that we take for granted today actually have a long, long history. This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a new New Year’s tradition—or two!
Make Some Noise
Making a lot of noise—from fireworks to gun shots to church bells—seems to be a favorite New Year’s pastime across the globe.
-In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons.
-In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness.
-In the early American colonies, the sound of pistol shots rang through the air.
-Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums, and North Americans sound sirens and party horns to bid the old year farewell.
Eat Lucky Food
Many New Year’s traditions involve food. Here are a few:
-The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain. Revelers stuff their mouths with 12 grapes in the final moments of the year—one grape for every chime of the clock!
-In the southern US, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune.
-In Scotland people parade down the streets swinging balls of fire.
-Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a doughnut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune.
-In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors—and allowed to remain there!
Have a Drink
Although the pop of a champagne cork signals the arrival of the New Year around the world, some countries have their own beverage-based traditions.
-Wassail, a punch-like drink named after the Gaelic term for “good health,” is served in some parts of England.
-Spiced “hot pint” is the Scottish version of Wassail. Traditionally, the Scots drank to each others’ prosperity and also offered this warm drink to neighbors along with a small gift.
-In Holland, toasts are made with hot, spiced wine.
Give a Gift
-New Year’s Day was once the time to swap presents.
-Gifts of gilded nuts or coins marked the start of the new year in Rome.
-Eggs, the symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians.
-Early Egyptians traded earthenware flasks.
-In Scotland, coal, shortbread and silverware were traditionally exchanged for good luck.
Turn Over a New Leaf
The dawn of a new year is an opportune time to take stock of your life.
-Jews who observe Rosh Hashanah make time for personal introspection and prayer, as well as visiting graves.
-The practice of making New Year’s resolutions, said to have begun with the Babylonians as early as 2600 B.C., is another way to reflect on the past and plan ahead.
The Passionist Province of St. Paul of the Cross (Eastern United States) is in the process of Canonization for one of our former Superior Generals who was from this Province.
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Lord Jesus Christ, you called Father Theodore Foley to follow you as a Passionist Priest even to Calvary's heights. Through your Immaculate and Sorrowful Mother, you taught him obedience to our Father's will and the fulfillment of your Commandment of loving God and neighbor. Let the loving inspiration of your Servant move us to live a more profound life of virtue. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant Father Theodore Foley according to the designs of your holy will. Through his intercession, we ask you to grant the request I now present (here mention your request).
This I ask through Christ Our Lord. Amen