Fr. Lucas is on retreat this week at the Monastery of the Ascension in Idaho, however he will be back us on Sunday morning. Please keep him in your prayers as he takes some time for spiritual renewal and solitude during this holy season of Advent.
A Prayer for Clergy and People
Almighty and everlasting God, from whom cometh every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishops, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of thy grace; and, that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.
A Prayer for Travelers
O God, our heavenly Father, whose glory fills the whole creation, and whose presence we find wherever we go: Preserve those who travel; surround them with your loving care; protect them from every danger; and bring them in safety to their journey's end; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Music with Dan Romero
The Great Advent O Antiphons
We are now approaching the end of the season of Advent, Christmas is almost here.
During this point of the season there is an aspect of the liturgy that is known as the Great Advent O Antiphons. These antiphons are actually very well known because the Advent hymn, "O come, O come, Emmanuel", is a metrical paraphrase of the O Antiphons. These antiphons are meant to be sung before and after the Magnificat at Evening Prayer, during the week leading up to Christmas, however they can also be used as Alleluia verses sung before the Gospel readings at Mass. Each of these antiphons invoke a name of the Messiah as found throughout scripture: O Sapientia (O Wisdom), O Adonai (O Lord), O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (O Key of David), O Oriens (O Rising Sun), O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations), and O Emmanuel (O God with Us), all of these names being either Hebrew or Latin. If we take the first initial of every name and spell it backwards it spells "Ero Cras", in Latin this means "Tomorrow I will be" or "Tomorrow I will be there".
The Antiphons are each assigned a date December 17-23. The hymn, "O come, O come, Emmanuel", as it is printed in The Hymnal 1982, No. 56, also assigns these dates to the appropriate stanza. Here is a more literal version of the O Antiphons:
O Sapientia: "O Wisdom, you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come to teach us the way of truth."
O Adonai: "O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power."
O Radix Jesse: "O stock of Jesse, you stand as a signal for the nations; kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim. O come to deliver us, and do not delay."
O Clavis David: "O key of David and scepter of Israel, what you open no one else can close again; what you close no one can open. O come to lead the captive from prison; free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death."
O Oriens: "O Rising Sun, you are the splendor of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death."
O Rex Gentium: "O King whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone which makes all one. O come and save man whom you made from clay."
O Emmanuel: "O Emmanuel, you are our king and judge, the One whom the peoples await and their Savior. O come and save us, Lord, our God."
At the end of this Advent season may we take the time to reflect on the Coming of Christ at Christmas and into our hearts. May we take the time to reflect on the love that is among us, the love that comes from God as manifested in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. For, let us remember, "Tomorrow I will be there".
Choral Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
We will celebrate feast of the Epiphany with a choral mass, the Missa Orbis Factor by Gerald Near, sung by the Parish Choir along with anthems, hymns, and carols that tell of the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. There will be a parish potluck supper following the service. This is a great way to end the twelve days Christmas and begin the New Year and the season of Epiphany.