Since the 7th century, the final days of Advent before Christmas Eve have been marked by a set of seven prayers called The "O" Antiphons or the "Great O's." Each prayer opens by addressing God with "O" and then a biblical name. Each ends with a longing and hopeful call for Him to come. Possibly [...]
The 4th Sunday of Advent highlights the theme of Love. Here are the lectionary readings for 4th Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26 Romans 16:25-27 Luke 1:26-38
The Light Of Life A Story in Seasonal Segments Written by Nathan Johnsey “The Light Of Life” follows the story of a certain biblical character who, upon his death, was given a very unique and special gift from God. It narrates a single, overarching story divided into “bite-sized” segments. Each segment is inspired by [...]
Here is a video tour of the Advent section of the Liturgical Calendar exhibit, introducing the themes, traditions, some artwork and pieces on display, and offering some reflections.
The 2nd Sunday of Advent highlights the theme of Peace. Here are the lectionary readings for 2nd Advent: Isaiah 40:1-10 Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8 (in case you missed them, this is the last of 3 posts today, so be sure to check out the other ones as well. A video tour [...]
December 6th is the Feast Day for St. Nicholas. The image here is a 13th-century icon from the Monastery of Saint Catherine, Sinai (Egypt). Nicholas of Myra (270-343) was the Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey). As with many saints of antiquity, little is known about his life and many legends have developed [...]
Today (Nov. 29th, 2020) is "New Year's Day" for the Christian Liturgical Year, since as the 4th Sunday before Christmas it launches the season of Advent. Advent (coming) is the season of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ that we celebrate at Christmas. It also looks toward Christ's second coming at the end times. [...]