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ADVENT DAY 18 ~ THE BURNING BUSH OF THE WORLD


       O ADONAI AND RULER OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL,

       YOU APPEARED TO MOSES IN THE FIRE OF THE BURNING BUSH

       AND ON MOUNT SINAI GAVE HIM YOUR LAW.

       COME, AND WITH OUTSTRETCHED ARM, REDEEM US.  

                     ~ O ANTIPHONS

WEDNESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

YESTERDAY, WE SAID THAT ONE OF THE ADVENT THEMES WAS THAT OF WAITING.

WE’LL NUANCE THAT TODAY AND SAY THAT A FURTHER THEME IS TO WATCH FOR LIGHT TO SHINE IN OUR DARKNESS.

FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE CHRISTIANS AWAIT, JESUS,YESHUA, WHO IS FOR US THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.

WE PREPARE A PLACE FOR HIM TO SHINE IN OUR OWN HEARTS THIS DAY.

WE INVITE YOU TO SEARCH OUT YOUR OWN INNER MEANING WHATEVER THAT MIGHT BE.

AND MY PRAYER . . .

ADONAI*, WE NEED YOU IN OUR WORLD MORE THAN EVER!

YOU APPEARED IN THE BURNING BUSH LONG AGO.

I REMEMBER THIS AWESOME SUNRISE THREE YEARS AGO OVER THE OCEAN AT  ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH.

I’M REMINDED OF THE OLD SAILOR’S MAXIM: “RED AT NIGHT, A SAILOR’S DELIGHT; RED IN THE MORNING, SAILOR’S TAKE WARNING.”

COME WITH YOUR REFINER’S FIRE AND BURN YOUR WAY INTO OUR HEARTS,

SO THAT WE CAN PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE MESSIAH TO COME INTO OUR LIVES,

INTO OUR HOMES,

OUR WORKPLACE AND MARKETPLACE,

OUR NEIGHBORHOODS

OUR BELOVED  COUNTRY,

OUR WAITING WORLD!

COME LORD JESUS!

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WHAT ARE  THE “O ANTIPHONS?”

 THEY’RE ONE OF THE MOST CHERISHED COLLECTIONS OF OUR ANCIENT LITURGICAL CHANTS.  THE SEVEN “O ANTIPHONS”ARE SUNG EACH OF THE SEVEN NIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS AT VESPERS. THEY HAVE BEAUTIFUL CHANT MELODIES.  I AM SHOWING YOU SOME OF THE BEAUTIFUL TEXTS THIS WEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS.

HERE IS AN AUDIO SLIDE SHOW OF O COME, O COME EMMANUEL FOR YOUR REFLECTION THAT IS AN ENGLISH POETIC TRANSLATION OF THESE 7 ANTIPHONS. WHEN YOU GET TO YOU TUBE THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER  PRESENTATIONS OF THE MELODY AVAILABLE INCLUDING A HAUNTING ONE BY ENYA. ENJOY.

* ADONAI IS ONE OF THE NAMES THE JEWISH PEOPLE USE FOR GOD.

WITH LOVE,

BOB TRAUPMAN

CONTEMPLATIVE WRITER

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