Enrich your understanding of the Christmas Gospels

The Flight into Egypt - Lorenzo da Monaco 1405-1410

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Fr Adrian Graffy, parish priest and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, has prepared a series of reflections on the ‘Christmas gospels’, the gospel passages read from 17 December until 6 January. Video of the talks can be accessed by going to  www.whatgoodnews.org

Fr Adrian says: “In the days before Christmas and for several days afterwards we read from the ‘infancy narratives’ in Matthew chapters 1-2 and Luke chapters 1-2. At the ‘day Mass’ on Christmas Day John chapter 1 is read. This presentation, in three parts, takes us through these gospel readings in ‘liturgical order’ in such a way as to enhance our celebration of the Liturgy of the Word at Christmas, and to derive from the Christmas gospels profound insights into the person and mission of Christ the Saviour.”

Fr Adrian is parish priest of Gidea Park in the Diocese of Brentwood. He received his doctorate from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and taught Scripture for many years. He is now a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, and delegate to the world-wide Catholic Biblical Federation.

He organises the very popular Gidea Park study days, with world-renowned speakers. Since the Covid-19 lockdown, these have been run online. In recent months, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP talked on the joy of the gospel and Professor John Morrill focused on the writings of St John Henry Newman with reference to Vatican I. Both were extremely well-received, attracting many hundreds of viewers. The first was given under the auspices of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain ([email protected]), and introduced by the chair, Dr Sean Ryan.

The talks are now available on www.whatgoodnews.org

Fr Adrian himself has published many books, the most recent of which is ‘Sunday Gospels’, published by Darton, Longman and Todd.