Saturday, December 16, 2006
3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT DECEMBER 17TH, 2006
This week we light the rose candle in the Advent wreath, signifying joy. Too often we think joy means getting what we want.
Joy comes not in getting what we want, but in accepting God’s will, even when we don’t understand it.
Decorate your front door today. Let the world know that they are welcome in your house and that the birth of Christ is celebrated there
December 17th also begins the O Antiphons. the seven jewels of our liturgy, dating back to the fourth century, one for each day until Christmas Eve. These antiphons address Christ with seven magnificent Messianic titles, based on the Old Testament prophecies and types of Christ.
Symbols: All-Seeing Eye and the Lamp
Come, and teach us the way of prudence.
O Wisdom, who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly, Come, and teach us the way of prudence.
The "all-seeing eye" represents the all-knowing and ever-present God. During the late Renaissance, the eye was pictured in a triangle with rays of light to represent the infinite holiness of the Trinity. The lamp is a symbol of wisdom taken from the parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matthew 25.
Come, O divine Wisdom, teach us the way of knowledge. We are unwise; we judge and speak according to the vain standards of the world, which is foolishness in the eyes of God.
I’ll try and post each of these antiphons for you . Busy days but am trying to take time out too for the Reason for the Season.
‘On Ya’ – ma