Daybreak for December 14, 2023

  • Thursday of the Second Week of Advent
  • Memorial of St. John of the Cross, 1542-1591; Carmelite priest who, along with Teresa of Avila, vowed himself to the primitive rule; in his efforts at reform of the order, he encountered increasing opposition, misunderstanding, persecution, and imprisonment; in prison, his spirit came into the light, revealing him as a mystic-poet; John died at the age of 49
  • Office of Readings and Morning Prayer for 12/14/23
  • Gospel: Matthew 11:11-15