Advent, the Savior

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expectation and Saviour of the nations! come and save us, O Lord our God! We are very close now. Making lists and checking them twice. O Wisdom, Order, and Prudence. I need You. O Adonai, Leadership, Laws, and Redemption. I need You. O Root of Jesse, Ensign, and … More Advent, the Savior

Advent, the Light

O Day-Spring,Brightness of light eternal,and Sun of Justice,come and enlightenthem that sit in darknessand in the shadow of death. Today’s Antiphon ends with the same line as yesterday’s, referring to those who “sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” And I thought, isn’t it enough? He comes to bring the prisoner forth. Yesterday. … More Advent, the Light

Advent, the Key

O Key of David, and sceptre of the house of Israel! who openest, and no man shutteth: who shuttest, and no man openeth; come, and lead the captive from prison, sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death. Is. 22:22; Apoc. 3:7; Lk. 1:79 Thou hast, O eternal Light, to shine in the midst … More Advent, the Key

Advent, the Ensign

O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, Whom the Gentiles shall beseech: come and deliver us, and tarry not. Isaiah 11:10 An ensign is like a signal, standard, or a banner. It can point out a place where everyone of the same tribe is … More Advent, the Ensign

Advent, O Adonai

Nearing sunset, in the mindset of Vespers, to continue the Christmas List of the Church, I listen to the next solemn prayer. “O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, Who didst appear to Moses in the flame of the burning bush, and didst give unto him the law on Sinai: come and with … More Advent, O Adonai

Advent, endurance

Today feels like a crossroads. A point where I must choose to go back, try an easier path, stay right here, or keep going forward. “For the grace of God our Savior hath appeared to all men; instructing us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and justly, and godly in this … More Advent, endurance