Category: Advent

O Clavis David – O Key of David

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, you open and no one can close; you close and no one can open. O come and bring captives out of the prison house, those who sit in darkness and the shadow of… Continue Reading “O Clavis David – O Key of David”

O Adonai – O Lord

O Adonai and Leader of the House of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and redeem us with an outstretched arm. -source of translation unknown

The O Antiphons Are Coming

If you have ever sung the Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” you have sung the O Antiphons. And while this song  has been sung, in recent years, throughout the Advent and Christmas season. Traditionally, these antiphons are chanted before the Magnificat during… Continue Reading “The O Antiphons Are Coming”

One of My Favorite Feasts

Of the forty-five popes who have reigned since the creation of the miraculous portrait (of Our Lady of Guadalupe), twenty-five have issued decrees concerning it. The earliest recorded decree is that of Pop Gregory XIII, dated 1575, that extended the indulgences granted by his … Continue Reading “One of My Favorite Feasts”

Today is the Second Sunday of Advent

Today’s reading is from the beginning of the Gospel of Mark. The beginning of the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It is written in the book of the prophet Isaiah:     Look, I am going to send my messenger… Continue Reading “Today is the Second Sunday of Advent”

Today is the First Sunday of Advent

Our Advent Journey begins with the Gospel reading from Mark 13:33-37 Jesus said to his disciples:”Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come. It is like a man traveling abroad. He leaves home and places his servants in charge, … Continue Reading “Today is the First Sunday of Advent”

What Do Calvary and Bethlehem Have in Common?

And on Christmas Eve, this simple thought: I searched God’s lexicon to fathom “Bethlehem” and “Calvary.” It simply said: See “Love.” – Gordon Gilsdorf

The Journey of the Magi

I love this poem by T.S. Elliot, and so I quote it in its entirety, even though it is a bit lengthy. This is the last of the poems from the Education of Justice website. I do hope you have enjoyed them! The Journey… Continue Reading “The Journey of the Magi”

Weekly Photo Challenge: One

We know them as Three Wise Men, and one thing brought them together over the miles of rough terrain. May our hearts also be One. This is the only way we will find peace. A Story of Some Truly Wise Men By Christine Rodgers… Continue Reading “Weekly Photo Challenge: One”

Are We Ready? It’s Almost Here!

Birthing By Mark Unbehagen How does one birth peace. . . in a world that seems to prefer the profits of war? How can one birth hope. . . in a time when devastation is born of poverty and pandemic? How does one birth… Continue Reading “Are We Ready? It’s Almost Here!”