O Emmanuel

Advent 4 – Tuesday

I woke up this morning at about 9am Brisbane time with a splitting headache and aches and pains around my kidneys, etc. Feels as if someone has beaten the crap out of me while I slept. With some paracetamol down the hatch already, hopefully things’ll start subsiding by the evening. Need to be at church tonight for Christmas Eve carols practice as well as to apparently help decorate both sanctuaries too.


The Seventh “O” Antiphon – December 23 “O Emmanuel”

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver,
the Desire of all nations and their Salvation:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

Advent Acclamations

V: Lift up your voice with strength and say:
R: Behold your God; behold the Lord comes with strength.
V: The Lord your God shall come, and all the saints with him;
R: On the day of glory the darkness shall be filled with light.
V: Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe;
R: To you be glory and praise forever.
V: From the rising of the sun to its setting is your name praised in all the world.
R: To you be glory and praise forever.
V: When the time had fully come you sent the Sun of Righteousness.
R: In him the fullness of your glory dwells.

R: To you be glory and praise forever.

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight — indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap, he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. (Malachi 3:1-3, NRSV)

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55, KJV)

My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
 For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
He hath shewed strength in his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto : sicut erat in principio, et nunc et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

The Collect

Lord, lift up the light of your countenance upon us,
that in your light we may see light,
the light of your grace today, the light of glory hereafter;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Finally, some thoughts from my favorite Cistercian monk, Fr. Thomas Merton relating to Christmas which were sent to me by the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living in their weekly Merton reflection.

Thought for Dec 22, 2008

The mystery of Christmas lays upon us all a debt and an obligation to the rest of [humankind] and to the whole created universe. We who have seen the light of Christ are obliged, by the greatness of the grace that has been given us, to make known the presence of the Savior to the ends of the earth. This we will do not by preaching the glad tidings of His coming, but above all by revealing Him in our lives. Christ is born to us today, in order that He may appear to the whole world through us.

Thomas Merton. Seasons of Celebration (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1965): 112.

Thought for Christmas

This one day is the day of His birth, but every day of our mortal lives must be his manifestation, His divine Epiphany, in the world which He has created and redeemed.

Seasons of Celebration: 112

Lastly, ABC America’s “Faith Matters Now” segment recently aired an interview with Morgan Atkinson and Jonathan Montaldo about Merton’s life and legacy which is interesting viewing. More videos from the same interview include Merton’s Love Affair and the end of his life in Asia.

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