Holy Mary, Mary Mother of God


O pure and holy Virgin, how can I find words to praise your beauty?

– The highest heavens cannot contain God whom you carried in your womb.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb

– The highest heavens cannot contain God whom you carried in your womb.

 

The whole world awaits Mary’s reply

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.

The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life.  Read More: A meditation for Mary the Mother of God!….

 

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Christmas Flash Mobs always a delight to revisit.


There is nothing like a rousing rendition of  Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus to lift ones soul towards Heavenly things. I thank God that this form of Religious expression is still legal in America but for how long? Lets hope this tradition will continue as a form of evangelization to move Hearts to think of Heavenly things if only for the space of the hymn!

Hallelujah Chorus at Macys! Random Act of Culture Saturday, October 30, 2010,

Judging some of  the amazed and moving reactions from the privileged and unsuspecting shoppers one can assume that for those precious minutes they were reminded that there is a God who loves themBaby-Copy020 so much that He left His eternal home. Allowed himself to be born into time so he could redeem all  those who avail themselves to his loving embrace from the cross. Enabling each of us who accept his embrace to reign with him  in His Kingdom not of this world forever and ever.. Hallelujah Hallelujah!

 The Opera Company of Philadelphia brought together over 650 choristers from 28 participating organizations to perform one of the Knight Foundation’s “Random Acts of Culture” at Macy’s in Center City Philadelphia. Accompanied by the Wanamaker Organ – the world’s largest pipe organ – the OCP Chorus and throngs of singers from the community infiltrated the store as shoppers, and burst into a pop-up rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s “Messiah” at 12 noon, to the wonder of surprised shoppers.

For clues about upcoming Random Acts of Culture, find them on Facebook http://www.operaphila.org/facebook or follow  on Twitter http://www.operaphila.org/twitter

Another moving Christmas Flash Mob by Journey of Faith at South Bay Galleria – official video

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Dec. 24 Day 9 Solemn Christmas Novena–VENI VENI –O COME O COME Emmanuel


Vigil of Christmas the last day of
Our Solemn Christmas Novena!
Maranatha-Our Lord Come!
V: O that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you!
R: Come and show to us Your face O Lord who are enthroned upon the Cherubim
V: For the Lord shall come and to the poor He will show mercy.
R: Drop down dew, you heavens, from above and let the clouds rain down the Just One. Let the earth be opened and bud forth the Savior.


December 24
VENI VENI (O COME O COME EMANUEL
V: Tomorrow He will wipe out the iniquities of the earth.R: And the Savior of the world will reign over us.
V: When the Sun will have arisen from the heavens in the morning sky
R: You shall see the King of kings coming forth from the Father like a radiant bridegroom from the bridal chamber!

Source: Dec. 24 Day 9 Solemn Christmas Novena–VENI VENI –O COME O COME Emmanuel

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Dec. 23 Day 8 Solemn Christmas Novena– O Emmanuel – God with us!


The last of the seven Great “O” Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass.

December 23

O EMMANUEL GOD WITH US,

Our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and Savior: R: Come to save us, and set us free, O Lord our God. Isaiah 7:14; 33:22. Symbols: tablets of stone, Chalice and Host.

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in Advent and to whom we address these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us.

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The last of the seven Great “O” Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass.

December 23

O EMMANUEL GOD WITH US,

Our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and Savior: R: Come to save us, and set us free, O Lord our God. Isaiah 7:14; 33:22. Symbols: tablets of stone, Chalice and Host.

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in…

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Dec. 22 Day 7 Solemn Christmas Novena– O REX GENTIUM O KING OF THE GENTILES


The Sixth of the seven Great “O” Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass.

December 22

O REX GENTIUM O KING OF THE GENTILES        King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one:

R: Come, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth. Psalm 2:7-8, Ephesians 2:14-20. Symbols, Crown, scepter.

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in Advent and to whom we address these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us. The O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparations, but they bring our preparations to a joyful conclusion. Each antiphon begins with “O” and include a different Scriptural image through the Old Testament, all imploring the Messiah to come. As Elsa Chaney in Twelve Days of Christmas states, “They seem to sum up all our Advent longing as they paint in vivid terms the wretched condition of mankind and his need of a Savior.”

May the God of peace sanctify us completely and may our spirits souls and bodies be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Try to spend five minutes in daily prayer and contemplation to better recognize the Christ Child and more fully receive His boundless blessings.

Click the link for the full text of prayers to Pray the Solemn Christmas Novena based on the Seven Great O Antiphons.

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Dec. 21 Day 6 Solemn Christmas Novena– O Oriens O Dawn of the East


The fifth of the seven Great “O” Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass.

December 21

O ORIENS O DAWN OF THE EAST,    O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light and brightness of eternity, sun of justice:
R: Come, and enlighten those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Psalm 19:6-7.

Symbol: rising sun

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in Advent and to whom we address these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us. The O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparations, but they bring our preparations to a joyful conclusion. Each antiphon begins with “O” and include a different Scriptural image through the Old Testament, all imploring the Messiah to come. As Elsa Chaney in Twelve Days of Christmas states, “They seem to sum up all our Advent longing as they paint in vivid terms the wretched condition of mankind and his need of a Savior.”

May the God of peace sanctify us completely and may our spirits souls and bodies be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!

Try to spend five minutes in daily prayer and contemplation to better recognize the Christ Child and more fully receive His boundless blessings.

Click the link for the full text of prayers to Pray the Solemn Christmas Novena based on the Seven Great O Antiphons.

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Dec. 20 Day 5 Solemn Christmas Novena– O Clavis David-O Key of David



The fourth of seven Great “O” Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass. Continue reading

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