Friday, December 21, 2007

O-ver and Out

Not to be o-ver come by the distractions of these last few days before Christmas. The Ark is going offline. Here are the last three days of Antiphons:

Today:

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

We ask this "Sun of Justice" to come and shine on those who are dwelling "in darkness and in the shadow of death" (Lk 1:79). These dwellers in darkness are both those who do not know Christ and those who do-for even in the latter there is much darkness.

Tomorrow:

O King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart, O Keystone of the mighty arch of humanity, come and save the creatures you fashioned from the dust.

We ask Christ the Keystone to come and save the creatures that he fashioned (Gen 2:7). Without Christ, there is no hope for salvation. May his coming now in mystery lead to the salvation of all that yearn for him, whether they know it or not.

Final:

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

We ask Emmanuel to come and set us free from sin and death, for he is our Lord and our God. (Jn 20: 28)


5 comments:

Cath said...

O-no you don't. O-you are not really going to take this O-ccasion to vacate the scene for 4 whole days are y-O-u?

No fair, man.

Eileen said...

Merry Christmas, Jane, to you and your family! Thank you for being such an inspiration to me this Advent season.

And I thought you should know--I caught my 2yo playing with the FP Nativity Set at our house...with the Baby Jesus cruising along in a school bus (and several Kings in need of some medical attention along the roadside...)! (Hey, maybe they really *did* get to Bethlehem that way!?)

Warmly,
Eileen

Athanasius contra mundum said...

Merry Christmas!

scmom (Barbara) said...

Merry Christmas, Jane!

Building the Ark Addict said...

"Before Christmas" is over. Where's an entry? Where? Where? Where?