Posts Tagged ‘Advent’

Fourth Sunday of Advent, 2019

December 22, 2019

Drop down, ye heavens, from above,
and let the skies pour down righteousness.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people;
My salvation shall not tarry.
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions:
Fear not, for I will save thee:
For I am the Lord thy God,
the Holy One of Israel, thy Redeemer.

First Sunday of Advent, 2019

December 1, 2019

Unto thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul;
my God, I have put my trust in thee:
O let me not be confounded,
neither let mine enemies triumph over me.
For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed.

Alma Redemptoris Mater

December 3, 2017

During Advent this year I intend to learn this lovely hymn, which is sung at Compline during the Advent and Christmas seasons.

A happy Advent to all those observing it.

O Antiphons 2009: VII. O Emmanuel

December 23, 2009
O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God.

O Antiphons 2009: VI. O Rex Gentium

December 22, 2009
O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

O Antiphons 2009: V. O Oriens

December 21, 2009
O Morning Star,
splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness:
Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O Antiphons 2009: IV. O Clavis David

December 20, 2009
O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel;
you open and no one can shut;
you shut and no one can open:
Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house,
those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.

O Antiphons 2009: I. O Sapientia

December 17, 2009

About the O Antiphons, from Sandro Magister.

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.

Advent reading

November 29, 2009

This evening I attended an Advent carol service at a local Anglo-Catholic parish.  It was a many-splendoured thing.  One of the readings was one which I had not heard, or at least not noted, before.  I found it quite beautiful and (as one would expect, given the context in which I heard it,) fitting for the Advent season.  It was this:

For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

Haggai 2:6-9