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O Sapientia – O Wisdom – December 17

From at least the eighth century the antiphon before and after the Magnificat at Vespers (Evening Prayer), for the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve, has greeted Christ with a title starting with “O”. These became the basis of the popular carol “O come, O come, Emmanuel”. The initials, when read backwards, form the… Continue Reading

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Daily Devotions for Advent 2018

Daily Devotions for Advent 2018

Daily Devotions for Advent 2018 (The Living Gospel) Paperback 2018 by Greg Kandra [Kindle or paperback – inexpensive; about $1] Every day, I prayerfully read the Gospel reading set for the Daily Eucharist. This is the most-used systematic bible-reading arrangement in the world. It is used by Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and many others – not… Continue Reading

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Resources for Advent 4

Resources for Advent 4

Let us pray (in silence) [that the message of God coming to save us may transform our lives] Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,      [or Pour forth, we beseech you, O God,] your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 14

Matthew in Slow Motion 14

When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus. (Matthew 1:24-25) ιεγερθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰωσὴφ ἀπὸ τοῦ ὕπνου, ἐποίησεν ὡς προσέταξεν αὐτῷ ὁ ἄγγελος Κυρίου,… Continue Reading

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Matthew in Slow Motion 13

Matthew in Slow Motion 13

But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are… Continue Reading

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Conceived by the Holy Spirit

Conceived by the Holy Spirit

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit (Apostles Creed) was incarnate of the Holy Spirit (Nicene Creed) Jesus’ conception was miraculous It is a perfectly acceptable Christian position to hold that Jesus’ conception was miraculous. The Bible is a mixture of history and metaphor, and if you study the mentions of Jesus’ conception (and there’s… Continue Reading

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O Dayspring; King of the nations; Emmanuel

O Dayspring; King of the nations; Emmanuel

I have been writing about the O Antiphons that many of us have been praying these days in the evening with the Magnificat. If this is new to you, follow links, tags, use the search box provided top right. A comment noted that the daily Mass Alleluia Gradual text surprisingly (at least to me), while… Continue Reading

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