Friday, December 23, 2016

O Emmanuel



O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
expectratio gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos,
Domines, Deus noster.


O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver,
desire of the nations, Savior of all people:
Come and set us free, Lord our God.


Veni, Veni, Emmanuel captivum solve Israel,
qui gemit in exsilio, privatus Dei Filio.


(1) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.


Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!

Gaude! Gaude! Emmanuel nascetur pro te Israel!


Isaiah 7:14
Matthew 1:23
1 Timothy 4:9
Psalm 14:7
Phil 4:4

Thursday, December 22, 2016

O Rex Gentium



O Rex Gentium, et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis, qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.


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.


Veni, Veni, Rex Gentium, Veni, Redemptor omnium,
ut salvas tuos famulos peccati sibi conscios.


(7) O Come, Desire of the nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid every strife and quarrel cease
and fill the world with heaven's peace.


Isaiah 2:4; 11:10
Psalm 47:8; Jeremiah 10:7
Daniel 7:14; Haggai 2:8
Romans 15:12
Ephesians 2:14, 20

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

O Oriens



O Oriens, splendor lucis aeternae,
et sol justitiae:
veni, et illumina sedentes in tenebris,
et umbra mortis.


O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
Come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.


Veni, Veni O Oriens, solare nos adveniens,
noctis depelle nebulas, dirasque mortis tenebras.


(6) O Come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night
and death's dark shadow put to flight.


Isaiah 9:1; 58:8; 60:18-20
Malachi 4:2
Luke 1:78-79
John 8:12
Revelation 22:16

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

O Clavis David



O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel,
qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperuit:
veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris,
sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.


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.


Veni, Clavis Davidica, regna reclude caelica,
fac iter tutum superum, et claude vias inferum.


(5) O Come, Thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heav'nly home,
make safe the way that leads on high,
that we no more have cause to sigh.


Revelation 3:7
Isaiah 22:22
Jeremiah 13:13; 51:19
Matthew 4:16; 16:19
Luke 1:79

Monday, December 19, 2016

O Radix Jesse



O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum,
super quem continebunt reges os suum,
quem gentes deprecabuntur:
veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.


O Flower of Jesse’s stem,
you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples;
kings stand silent in your presence;
the nations bow down in worship before you.
Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.


Veni, O Iesse virgula, ex hostis tuos ungula,
de spectu tuos tartari educ et antro barathri.


(4) O Come, Thou Rod of Jesse's stem,
from ev'ry foe deliver them
that trust Thy mighty power to save,
and give them vict'ry o'er the grave.


Isaiah 11:1, 10
Isaiah 52:15
Romans 15:12

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Fourth Week of Advent



“For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,

the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  

Blessed are you who believed 
that what was spoken to you by the Lord 
would be fulfilled.” Luke 1 
On this last Sunday of Advent, 

we quietly reflect on the mystery. 

We rest in awe, in wonder, 
at how our God entered our world and came to be with us. 
We pause to receive the gift offered us: 
that the Spirit of God will open up our lives and 
that Jesus will really come into our hearts. 
May we have watchful hope today, 

believing what the Lord promises us. 

Let us pray today, that we might be God's servants, 
that we might be instruments of God's love 
for our families and all we serve this week. 
...Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,, 

     cried out in a loud voice and said, 

     “Blessed are you among women
       and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”  Luke 1 
Lord, make us turn to you; 

     let us see your face and be saved Psalm 80

... from you shall come forth for me

    one who is to be ruler in Israel;

    whose origin is from ancient times.  Micah 5
O LORD AND RULER 

of the House of Israel, 

who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come, and redeem us with outstretched arms.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 

Shall come to thee, O Israel! 

O Adonai



O Adonai, et dux domus Israel,
qui Moyse in igne flammae rubi apparuisti,
et ei in Sina legem dedisti:
veni ad redimendum nos in brachio extento.


O Sacred Lord of ancient Israel,
who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush,
who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain:
Come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.


Veni, Veni, Adonai, qui populo in Sinai
legem dedisti vertice in maiestate gloriae.


(3) O Come, O Come, Thou Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai's height
in ancient times didst give the law,
in cloud, and majesty, and awe.


Exodus 3:2
Isaiah 33:22; 63:11-12
Micah 6:4
Acts 7:30-31

Saturday, December 17, 2016

O Sapientia



O Sapientia, quae ex ore Altissimi prodisti,
attingens a fine usque ad finem fortiter,
suaviter disponensque omnia:
veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiae.


O Wisdom, O holy Word of God,
you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care:
Come and show your people the way to salvation.


Veni, O Sapientia, quae hic disponis omnia,
Veni, viam prudentiae ut doceas et gloriae.


(2) O Come, Thou Wisdom, from on high,
and order all things far and nigh;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.


Wisdom 8:1
Isaiah 11:2-3; 28:29
Proverbs 8:1-36
John 1:1-5

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Third Week of Advent



We begin this third week of Advent asking to feel the joy 
that comes from knowing our Lord's coming to us is near. 
In these precious days ahead, we are praying, longing, hoping 
in the background of our everyday lives.


His mission is for each of us who ask, "What must we do?" 
He tells us to give away our coats, our security.
He asks that we not bully people but be content with our lives.


We can smile today as we imagine the freedom he has won for us 
and how liberating it will be to live it, with him, for others. 
It is right to give our God thanks and praise.


Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, 
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, 
make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding 
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4: 6-7


Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart. Zephaniah 3: 14


Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. 
In all circumstances give thanks.
Philippians 4


May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 
Amen.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Second Week of Advent



God is leading Israel in joy
by the light of his glory,
with his mercy and justice for company.
Baruch 5 
We begin this second week of our Advent journey 
with this wonderful proclamation of the end of our exile. 
We really can take off our robe of misery
and put on the splendor of the glory of God forever. 
Let us experience today what it will be like to be 
freed from the power of our sins to hold us captive. 
Freed from our longing, our desire: 
that we might be set free. 
“The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.”
Ps. 126


 May the Lord bless us, 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life. 
Amen.