Sunday, December 23, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Advent
I was looking at something to use for our "veilee" prayer tonight (we have a long tradition in Society of the Sacred Heart of having a special "Veilee" on Christmas eve before preparing for Midnight Mass). Now, in the Miami area, we have begun to celebrate this "Veilee" on December 23 as that was a day all could come and we moved it up so now we have dinner and then the "Veilee prayer where we sit around and share with the Christmas candles all lit, the tree, Christmas carols, and maybe some cookies as one of my community is baking cookies today, I think.
This leaves my own community free to sit in quiet prayer tomorrow night and just listen to Christmas music.
I cannot copy all I will be sharing tonight but I found a great chapter in Morton Kelsey's "The Drama of Christmas: Letting Christ into Our Lives"; the chapter title is "Cosmic Tentacles of Brilliance" and includes all the Christmas songs with angels - an impressive number and all the angels are rejoicing with the birth of Jesus and telling us to do the same.
Here is where the idea of angels as "tentacles of brilliance" may have come from: (it is by Caryl Porter)
Looking Toward Christmas
and the very stones are silent.
In the east, no star;
and the threat of darkness.
We have run out of light,
and we wait in fear.
from the cosmic distance,
tentacles of brilliance probe,
seek us out, look for a dwelling place