Excellent Resources related to the “O Antiphons”

December 18, 2014

A few excellent links for prayers, music and reflections related to the Great “O Antiphons” of Advent:

A wonderful devotional on O Come O Come Emmanuel / the Antiphons from Cardiphonia – This is really worth downloading!

A nice “O Antiphons Prayer Companion” – a 1o page guide on the Antiphons

Christine Sine at Godspace’s list of resources on the Antiphons

MP3s and Musical Notations for each O Antiphon Chant.

A recording:  St. Mark’s Cathedral: An Advent Procession – the Great O Antiphons

 


Advent Poems: William Cowper – The Shining Light

December 18, 2014

Another post dug up from our 2006 archives…, an Advent favorite that I’m surprised has taken me 8 years to post over here at this version of Lent & Beyond!

William Cowper: The Shining Light

The Shining Light

My former hopes are fled,
My terror now begins;
I feel, alas! that I am dead
In trespasses and sins.
Ah, whither shall I fly?
I hear the thunder roar;
The Law proclaims Destruction nigh,
And Vengeance at the door.
When I review my ways,
I dread impending doom:
But sure a friendly whisper says,
“Flee from the wrath to come.”
I see, or think I see,
A glimmering from afar;
A beam of day, that shines for me,
To save me from despair.
Forerunner of the sun,
It marks the pilgrim’s way;
I’ll gaze upon it while I run,
And watch the rising day.

— William Cowper


West Bank, UN, and patriarchs’ altars

December 18, 2014

From Fox News:  Arab nations backed Palestinians Wednesday, putting a resolution before the UN Security Council Wednesday that would demand an Israeli pullout from the West Bank and East Jerusalem within two years.

The known patriarch altar sites are located in the land historically called Judea and Samaria, but named the West Bank by Jordan. From 1948-1967, the land was under Jordanian rule. In 1967, it was occupied by Israel. It remains under Israeli military control but, for the most part, has not been annexed. In 1988, Jordan ceded its territorial claims to the PLO.

Noah
–Site unknown (Genesis 8:20)

Abraham
–Shechem (Genesis 12:6-7)
–between Bethel and Ai (Genesis 12:8)
–Hebron (Genesis 13:18)
–Moriah (Genesis 22:2)

Jacob
–Shechem (Genesis 33:20)
–Bethel (Genesis 35:1)

Our Father in heaven,

We see through a glass darkly and do not fully understand what happens in the spiritual realm when an altar to You is established. Are portals opened? Are they everlasting?

We do know this: Your Son Jesus was a carpenter, and He said, I am the door.  He walked throughout Judea and Samaria and said, I am the way. He taught throughout Judea and Samaria and said, I am the truth.  He raised Lazarus from the dead and said, I am the life.

We stand before Your throne in the name of Jesus and cry out for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done at the patriarch altar sites as it is in heaven.  Amen.


Diocese of South Carolina

December 18, 2014

Awaiting results of litigation.  Please pray for Judge Diane Goodstein.

Proverbs 30:5 (ESV)

Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.

Our Father in heaven,

We thank You that You are worthy of trust, Your words true and Your presence secure.  Stay close to the Diocese of South Carolina, we pray.  Amen.


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