A dedication to the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph – “The Holy Family is the icon of the domestic church called to pray together. The family is the domestic church and must be the first school of prayer…”
Archives for December 2012
On this third day of Christmas, Holy Mother Church gives us more gifts to unwrap today – the feast of St. John the Apostle, the “eagle of theology,” and the symbolism between three French hens, the wisemen, and Epiphany.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … the feast of St. Stephan, Boxing Day, and the scriptural significance of two turtle doves.
A Rembrandt painting of the Nativity and a Christmas poem by G.K. Chesterton.
December 23: The O Antiphons reflections end today with O Emmanuel or God with us. O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.
December 22: The O Antiphons reflections continue with O Rex Gentium or O King of All Nations. O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.
A bunch of miscellany and stuff just too impossible to categorize courtesy Das Schmidt Haus!
December 21 Antiphon: O Oriens (Dayspring) – On the shortest day of the year, the liturgy calls Christ the Dayspring, the Radiant Dawn. Christ is the radiant dawn who brings eternal life. What dark areas in your life need illuminated by Christ’s eternal light?
December 20: The O Antiphons continue with O Clavis or O Key of David. O Key of David, O royal Power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven: Come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.
O Flower of Jesse’s stem, O Root of Jesse. We see those words in Scripture; we sing them in hymns. But what do they mean? The O Antiphon reflections continue with December 19: O Radix Jesse.