Te Deum Laudamus
Te Deum Laudamus. Now, this is my favourite hymn. Apparently if we recite it or sing it tomorrow 1st January 2014 free from attachment to all venial sin (I think we're meant to go to Confession!) then we receive a Plenary Indulgence. EWTN has a good explanation of Indulgences here.
As well as all blessings and graces received, I am particularly thankful to the Lord our God (and to those in Heaven and on Earth who have prayed for them) that George and Diane have been told where they will be living from 3rd January, in Hove. Also, I am grateful to the Lord our God that Jason has been housed also, in Brighton. God is Good and does not abandon the poor (even if the vast majority who house them are only after their housing benefits cheques).
The Buenos Aires Herald says that Pope Francis will be celebrating his first year-end Vespers and Te Deum prayers as Pope, so we trust His Holiness will be receiving a Plenary Indulgence as well. Splendid! I don't know whether its two plenary indulgences for the price of one, or whether we should recite both in order to gain the Indulgence, but we are also reciting the Veni Creator Spiritus tomorrow.
May the Lord and His Blessed Mother bless all readers and all Catholic bloggers and His Holiness Pope Francis, who as Shepherd to the Faithful doubtless promises to give us all new things to write and think about this coming year. It's good to hear that His Holiness has not abolished sin. Next, atheist journalists will be claiming the Pope has abolished death! After all, the defeat of the power of sin and death was the Lord's saving work on the Cross. May we go forward together with our eyes fixed on Him who grants to those who accept Him and believe in Him the 'power to become the children of God'.