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Dec 9, 2012
“O Come, Branch of Jesse”
Series: Advent 2012
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  • Dec 9, 2012“O Come, Branch of Jesse”
    Dec 9, 2012
    “O Come, Branch of Jesse”
    Series: Advent 2012
  • Dec 5, 2012“O Come, Adonai”
    Dec 5, 2012
    “O Come, Adonai”
    Series: Advent 2012
    For years we have sung "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" as part of our Advent journey toward Christmas.  Most of us sang this traditional Advent carol without realizing the context and meaning of the references in the hymn.  In the mid-19th century, John Mason Neale and Henry Sloan Coffin translated the ancient "O Antiphons" and placed them in a metrical setting with a 15th-century French chant tune.  The "O Antiphons" were sung before the canticle of Vespers (the Magnificat) and each stanza built upon a biblical name prophesied for Christ.  We continue our Advent series singing and reflecting upon the next of these antiphons ("O Come, Adonai or Lord") as we build toward the joyful fulfillment in Christmas.
  • Dec 2, 2012“O Come, Wisdom”
    Dec 2, 2012
    “O Come, Wisdom”
    Series: Advent 2012
    For years we have sung "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" as part of our Advent journey toward Christmas.  Most of us sang this traditional Advent carol without realizing the context and meaning of the references in the hymn.  In the mid-19th century, John Mason Neale and Henry Sloan Coffin translated the ancient "O Antiphons" and placed them in a metrical setting with a 15th-century French chant tune.  The "O Antiphons" were sung before the canticle of Vespers (the Magnificat) and each stanza built upon a biblical name prophesied for Christ.  We begin our Advent series singing and reflecting upon the first of these antiphons ("O Come, Wisdom") as we build toward the joyful fulfillment in Christmas.
  • Nov 25, 2012Save the Worst for Last
    Nov 25, 2012
    Save the Worst for Last
    This is the Last Sunday of the Church Year---the Sunday of the Fulfillment. Today, the Word of God focuses our attention on the end of days, when the Lord Jesus will come again "in clouds with great power and glory" (Mark 13:26). Waiting, watchfully, for God's mercy on that blessed day, the Holy Church on earth keeps the faith, and remains in the love of God patiently showing mercy to all who struggle with doubt and sin (cf. Jude 20-25).
  • Nov 18, 2012“What does the Future Hold?”
    Nov 18, 2012
    “What does the Future Hold?”

    Anticipating the end of the world can evoke great sadness.  But there is joy for those who believe in Jesus and eagerly anticipate His return in the final days. In the Holy Gospel today, Jesus tells His disciples that the glorious Jerusalem temple they are viewing will be destroyed in the near future (70 AD by the Roman general Titus).  He then uses this prophecy as a way of describing the end of the world.  We will learn much today about the future from the prophet Daniel, St. Paul, and Jesus.