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“Iconographic tradition has theologically interpreted the manger and the swaddling cloths in terms of the theology of the Fathers. The child stiffly wrapped in bandages is seen as prefiguring the hour of his death: from the outset, he is the sacrificial victim, as we shall see more closely when we examine the reference to the first-born. The manger, then, was seen as a kind of altar.”
— Pope Benedict XVI (2012)

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Rev. David M. Friel
published 10 January 2013 by Corpus Christi Watershed

312 David Friel ATHER DAVID M. FRIEL is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, ordained in May 2011. He is currently in full-time graduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, working toward an STL in sacred liturgy. He studied philosophy & theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, where he also served as organist, cantor, and liturgical Master of Ceremonies. Upon ordination, he served for five years as Parochial Vicar at Saint Anselm Church in Northeast Philadelphia. He enjoys backpacking, running, reading, and sports of all kinds.

Father Friel studied organ under Dr. Theodore Kiefer, and he also enjoys composing music. His music has been published at CanticaNOVA Publications, and his Mass in Honor of St. John Neumann is available online through the Creative Commons.


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