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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The O Antiphons begin today!

Now we know that we are getting near to the birth of  Jesus when the Liturgy begins giving us the great and rich "O Antiphons". We begin by asking Wisdom to come from on high...
In some fashion the “O Antiphons” have been part of our liturgical tradition since the very early Church. The importance of “O Antiphons” is twofold: Each one highlights a title for the Messiah: O Sapientia (O Wisdom), O Adonai (O Lord), O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse), O Clavis David (O Key of David), O Oriens (O Rising Sun), O Rex Gentium (O King of the Nations), and O Emmanuel. Also, each one refers to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah.

And here is the next bit of the Gospel of Joy for our reflection today:
The Church’s closeness to Jesus is part of a common journey; “communion and mission are profoundly interconnected”.20 In fidelity to the example of the Master, it is vitally important for the Church today to go forth and preach the Gospel to all: to all places, on all occasions, without hesitation, reluctance or fear. The joy of the Gospel is for all people: no one can be excluded. That is what the angel proclaimed to the shepherds in Bethlehem: “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people (Lk 2:10). The Book of Revelation speaks of “an eternal Gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tongue and tribe and people (Rev 14:6).

The bold print is mine but I just think that our Advent is being enriched by meditating what the Pope is saying to us in this his first Apostolic Exhortation.

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