Yearly Archives: 2018

December 23

Reflection              O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come set us free, Lord our God. The gift that Christ offers us at Christmas is the gift of his presence. It is the vision of life loosened from spiritual confusion. We want to let go of the things that compromise our integrity not only

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December 22

Reflection O Ruler of all nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come save the creature you fashioned from the dust. We know now that we are all related in our origins from that primal matter which fashioned our planet. Yet, we are not just creatures “fashioned from the dust”. Rather

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December 21

Reflection O Dawn of the East, Brightness of the Light Eternal and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. The antiphon used today coincides with the winter solstice. We, in the northern hemisphere, are experiencing the shortest and darkest day of the year. From the depths of that darkness we

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December 20

Reflection O Key of David, O Royal power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of Heaven: Come break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; lead your captive people into freedom.  The one who has the keys has the authority to open the door. The antiphon is about

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December 19

Reflection   O branch of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign  for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you. Come let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.   The branch is a biblical sign of newness out of discouragement. The Israelites had forgotten God, and also forgotten

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December 18

Reflection O Adonai, sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai Mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free. This deep desire and longing for freedom is in the hearts of all humanity, some in the reality of bondage and oppression, all in

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December 17

The “O Antiphons” have been part of the Church’s liturgical prayer since the 8th or 9th centuries. They are scripturally based short prayers that are recited or chanted during Vespers of the Liturgy of the Hours. Each antiphon highlights a title for the Messiah and a Messianic prophecy of Isaiah.  They begin on December 17 and continue until December 23. Reflection

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December 16

Reflection  Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Phil.4:4 At this midpoint in Advent, we are reminded to rejoice. We are in the season when all our surroundings call us to joy. “Joy to the world the Lord is come” we hear playing in malls and stores. Yet, joy isn’t giddiness. Rejoicing in the Lord isn’t

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December 15

Reflection Advent is a time when we are reminded that God is present in our lives. God’s love draws us to wholeness. It is the creative energy of life manifested in all sorts of ways. It promises that not only do we desire and long for God but that God comes to us. This was exemplified by Jesus whose life

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December 14

Reflection Advent prayer is filled with prophetic voices calling us to new life.  “You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep”. To awaken, to open our eyes and to see what surrounds us, this is one of the themes of Advent. Christ is near with a new vision and a new message, a

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