‘ Three mysteries mark this holy day : Today the star leads the Magi to the infant Christ , today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast , today Christ will baptize John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation .’
– Canticle of Mary from evening prayer .
Liturgy of the Hours
The Church has a full year’s cycle of daily prayers – the Liturgy of the Hours . The custom of reciting at certain hours goes back to a Jewish practice that was continued and developed by Christians in the Church’s early centuries . By the seventh century, this daily prayer became known as the Divine office.
Traditionally, there are seven hours of prayer in the day, and a night prayer. These prayer times are about three hours apart: Lauds (3 a.m) ,Prime (6 am) , Terece ( 9 am) , Sext ( noon) , None ( 3 pm ) Vespers ( evening ) , Compline ( before going to bed ) , and Matins ( midnight ) .
After Vatican II, the Divine office was updated and simplified, became known as the liturgy of the hours. While usually considered obligatory prayer of clergy and those in monistic orders , The revised liturgy of the hours is meant to be prayed by all people. Celebrating morning prayer and evening prayer has become a common parish practice.
Three prayers in the liturgy of the hours were taken from the infancy narratives in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Morning prayer includes the “Benedictus ” ( The prayer recited by John the Baptist his father., Zachariah) ; evening prayer includes the “Magnificat” ( which Mary recited when she visited her cousin Elizabeth) ; and night prayer includes ” Nunc Dimittis” ( Simeon’s prayer at the presentation of Jesus at the temple) .
Advent / Christmas plans
Spend two days six minutes at the door scratching below some ideas and how you can spend these 24 days of Advent well. Your plans can include items that are spiritual ( deciding where and when and he will pray each day) …….. Practical ( your gift list) ….. personal ( sending a Christmas card to someone with whom you’ve not been on good terms) …. charitable ( doing something for the poor) …..
Today the Church lights first before candles on the advent wreath. Perhaps you will want to light a candle too.
Through the prophet Ezekiel God is portrayed as a shepherd , tending and rescuing the sheep who have scattered . God is frequently presented as the Good Shepherd ( Genesis 48: 15 : Psalm 23 ; Jeremiah 31:10 ; Mark 6:34 ; John 10:1-18 ), who intervenes to save his sheep . God must shepherd the people because those who were appointed to the task have failed ( Ezekiel 34:1-10) . This passage is part of a series of encouragements to the exiles after the fall of Jerusalem .
The Lord is my light and my salvation :
The Lord is my light and my salvation ; whom should I fear ?
The Lord is my life’s refuge ; of whom should I be afraid ?
One thing I ask of the Lord this I seek : To dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life , that I may gaze on the loveliness of the Lord and contemplate his temple .
Your presence , O Lord , I seek . Hide not your face from me ; do not in anger repel your servant . You are my helper : cast me not off .
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living . Wait for the Lord with courage , be stouthearted , and wait for the Lord .
We, the faithful of St . Faustina Kowalaska Parish , having been entrusted with the mission of spreading the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ , and accept that challenge . Guided by the Holy Spirit , nourished by the word of God and the Holy Eucharist , we freely give of our time , talents and treasure to glorify God and proclaim God to the world through our actions as we strive for our own and others Salvation by worship , service and education in our faith community . We serve God by serving others .