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6 years ago  ::  Dec 21, 2011 - 6:35AM #21
Mysty101
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December 21


O DAWN OF THE EAST, brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice: COME, and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen. "O Oriens..."


O Oriens: “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.” (9:1).


Isaiah 9:1: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone".


Malachi 3:20: "For you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays".


2 Peter 1:19: "Keep your attention closely fixed on it, as you would on a lamp shining in a dark place, until the first streaks of dawn appear and the morning star rises in your heart".


Luke 1:78 because of the tender mercy of our God by which the daybreak from on high  will visit us 79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and death's shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.


Psalm 19:6 it comes forth like a bridegroom from his chamber, and like an athlete joyfully runs its course. 7From one end of the heavens it comes forth; its course runs through to the other; nothing escapes its heat. 


This title is variously translated "morning star", "Dayspring", "rising sun", "radiant dawn", "orient".  All beautifully express the idea of light shattering the darkness of night, of sin and death, of sickness and despair, with its brightness bringing healing and warmth to cold hearts.  Jesus is indeed the true light, the radiance of his Father's splendor. The church prays this petition daily in the Benedictus, joining in the words of Zechariah: "He, the Dayspring, shall visit us in his mercy to shine on those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death"  (Luke 1:78-79).


 Chant -- O Oriens

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 22, 2011 - 10:41AM #22
Mysty101
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December 22


O KING OF THE GENTILES and their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one: COME, and deliver man, whom you formed out of the dust of the earth. Amen. "O Rex..."


O Rex Gentium: “O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.” Isaiah had prophesied, “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.” (9:5), and “He shall judge between the nations, and impose terms on many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; one nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again.” (2:4) .


Isaiah 28:16: "Therefore, thus says the Lord God: See, I am laying a stone in Zion, a stone that has been tested, a precious cornerstone as a sure foundation".


Ephesians 2:14-20: "He it is who is our peace, and who made the two of us one by breaking down the barrier of hostility that kept us apart". abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person 9 in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the holy ones and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.


Revelation 15:3 and they sang the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: "Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations.


Psalm 118:22 The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.


(repeated )Mark 12:10, Luke 20:17 & Acts 4:11


I Peter 2:6 For it says in scripture: "Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame.”


Psalm 2:7He has counsel in store for the upright, he is the shield of those who walk honestly 8 Guarding the paths of justice, protecting the way of his pious ones. 


The earlier antiphons have already alluded to the Messiah coming not only to Israel  but to convert the gentile nations and redeem them for his own. Now this sixth antiphon clearly addresses the savior as the king of the gentiles (Jer.10:7) and the Desired One of the nations.  The Messiah is the cornerstone on whom our spiritual foundations are laid, but on whom unbelievers stumble (Matt. 21:42).  This cornerstone unites and binds Jew and gentile into one, making peace between them.


The plea is that God save all humanity, all his creation that he formed from the dust of the earth (Gen.2:7).  We yearn for him once again to breathe the breath of his new life into us.


Chant--- O Rex Gentium


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6 years ago  ::  Dec 23, 2011 - 8:19AM #23
Mysty101
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December 23


O EMMANUEL, God with us, Our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Saviour: COME to save us, O Lord our God. Amen. "O Emmanuel..."


O Emmanuel: “O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The Lord himself will give you this sign: the Virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” Remember “Emmanuel” means “God is with us.”


Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel".


Isaiah 33:22: "Indeed the Lord will be there with us,  majestic.  Yes, the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us".


Isaiah  8:8 It shall pass into Judah, and flood it all throughout: up to the neck it shall reach; It shall spread its wings the full width of your land, Immanuel!


Matthew 1:22, All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means "God is with us."


Haggai 2:7 I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD Almighty.


With this last antiphon our expectation finds joy now in the certainty of fulfillment.  We call Jesus by one of the most personal and intimate of his titles, Emmanuel, God-with-us.  We recall that in his birth from the Virgin Mary God takes on our very flesh and human nature: God coming nearer to us than we could have ever imagined!  Yet he is also to be exalted above us as our king, the lawgiver and judge, the one whom we honor and obey.  And he is our savior, long-expected by all creation.  The final cry rises from us urgent in our need for daily salvation and forgiveness of our sins, and confident that our God will not withhold himself from us.  


Chant -- O Emmanuel

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6 years ago  ::  Dec 24, 2011 - 6:49AM #24
Mysty101
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Dec. 24: John 1:1-14.


John 1



CHAPTER 1


1In the beginning* was the Word,


and the Word was with God,


and the Word was God.a


2He was in the beginning with God.


3* All things came to be through him,


and without him nothing came to be.b


What came to be4through him was life,


and this life was the light of the human race;


c


5* the light shines in the darkness,d


and the darkness has not overcome it.


6* A man named John was sent from God.e7He came for testimony,* to testify to


the light, so that all might believe through him.f8He was not the light, but came to


testify to the light.g9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the


 world.h


10He was in the world,


and the world came to be through him,


but the world did not know him.


11He came to what was his own,


but his own people* did not accept him.


12i But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to


 those who believe in his name,13*j who were born not by natural generation nor by


 human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.


14And the Word became flesh*


and made his dwelling among us,


and we saw his glory,


the glory as of the Father’s only Son,


full of grace and truth.k


15* John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said,l


 ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”



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