Monthly Archives: December 2019

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 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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The Community Gardens Program at Sisters of St. Joseph

Thanks to a grant from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Market’s Community Gardens Grant Program, the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Garden Ministry has completed the construction of 21 raised beds in their Community Gardens on the Brentwood Campus.  The Community Gardens Program at Sisters of St. Joseph has been in existence for the past four years. Grant funding…

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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 15

Reflection The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice. isaiah 35:1-6   In the midst of darkness as the sun sinks to its lowest point, in the midst of the longing and hope of advent, we are reminded to rejoice. We can rejoice because we know that what we hope for has already happened. The…

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