Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church—December 17, 2015
We are coming to the end of Advent: Christmas Eve is one week from today. As is the case in so many places, there has been a flurry of activity in the parish office – schedules, service leaflets, making sure the things that are needed are in place, or at least on site or on the way. What has been forgotten? What still needs to be done before the festivities of the coming weeks? Sound familiar? There is still time to push back a bit and savor Advent – another week. The hymn “O Come, O come Emmanuel” offers us a small prayer, a focus for each day. They are called the “O antiphons” because each begins with the word “O” and because they were the short verses used, one on each day, during the week before Christmas Eve. Each focuses on some aspect of the coming Christ: Wisdom, Lord of might, Branch of Jesse’s stem, Key of David, Dayspring from on high, Desire of nations, and, finally, the one we know best, Emmanuel.
Lined out below, they offer a small direction for your prayer for each day. Take five minutes, breathe deeply, in and out, and pray, “O come...” You can find the full text and music in the Hymnal 1982, #56, or online on YouTube.
Dec. 17 “O come, thou Wisdom from on high, or orders all things mightily...”
18 “O come, O come, thou Lord of might...”
19 “O come, thou Branch of Jesse’s tree....”
20 “O come, thou Key of David, come...”
21 “O come, thou Dayspring from on high...”
22 “O come, Desire of nations...”
22 “O come, O come, Emmanuel...”
May peace and joyful anticipation be with us all.
In Christ’s love,