Advent Day 17 ~ The burning bush of the world


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THURSDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness.
For we who are Christians we 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.

In the Catholic liturgy just before Christmas, one of the magnificent O Antiphons appears:

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.

And my prayer . . .

O Adonai*, we need you in our world more than ever!

You appeared in the burning bush long ago.

I remember this awesome sunrise several 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?” One of the most cherished collections of our ancient liturgical chants are the seven “O Antiphons” which are sung each of the seven nights before Christmas at Vespers. They have beautiful chant melodies.  I am using some of them interspersed in the next  7 days before Christmas. Here is a web site that has information and  recordings of all seven. Click here. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page; when you see the little speaker symbol with a music note next to it, click on it and it will give you the recording for each O Antiphon you want.

Here is an audio slide show of O come,O Come. O Come Emmanuel for your reflection. Click here.  Be sure to turn up your speakers and enter full screen.

And here are today’s Mass readings (they’re great!) (Click here.)

* Adonai — one of the names the Jewish people use for God.

Note: If you’re wondering why Day 17 is following after Day 18, I miscalculated in my numbering. (I never was very good at math.)

With love,

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

ADVENT DAY 20 – WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS?

FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT

O COME, O COME EMMANUEL,

AND RANSOM CAPTIVE ISRAEL,

THAT MOURNS IN LONELY EXILE HERE,

UNTIL THE SON OF GOD APPEAR,

REJOICE! REJOICE! EMMANUEL

SHALL COME TO THEE, O ISRAEL!

EMMANUEL, THEY TELL US YOU ARE “GOD-WITH-US.”

WHERE ARE YOU, EMMANUEL?

ARE YOU HERE?

ARE YOU HERE IN THE MESSINESS OF OUR LIVES?

CAN YOU REALLY RANSOM US FROM OUR CAPTIVITIES,

OUR SLAVERIES TO ADDICTIONS, OUR HATREDS AND GRUDGES AND JEALOUSIES

THAT EAT US UP AND SPIT US OUT?

OUR GUILTS, OUR “COULDA, SHOULDA, WOULDAS — OUR DRUTHERS AND REGRETS?

OUR LETHARGY, OUR HOPELESSNESS, OUR SLUMBER, OUR RAGE?

 

O ISRAEL!  O AMERICA!

DO YOU WANT EMMANUEL TO COME?

DO WE WANT YOU TO?  (DO I?)

 

MANY LANGUISH IN MOURNING, EMMANUEL

IN EXILES MADE BY WALL STREET OR HOMELESSNESS OR SICKNESS.

LONELINESS AND SELFISHNESS.

MANY A YOUNG HEART MOURNS / ACHES FOR DIRECTION AND MEANING ~ AND LOVE.

PRISONERS WASTE AWAY;  SUCH A WASTE OF YOUNG LIVES!

WILL YOU RANSOM THEIR HEARTS, AND SOULS, EMMANUEL?

– OUR HEARTS AND SOULS?

WILL YOU TRULY RAIN DOWN JUSTICE AS THE PSALMIST SAYS?  

WILL YOU ENABLE US TO CHANGE OUR JUSTICE SYSTEM TO BE TRULY JUST?

YES, O COME, EMMANUEL!

BE GOD-WITH-US!

EVEN THOUGH WE CAN SOMETIMES HARDLY BE WITH OURSELVES, LORD,

CAPTIVATE US, INHALE US WITH YOUR LOVE.

DAZZLE US WITH HOPE AND NEW LIFE AND POSSIBILITY.

YES, EMMANUEL!  WE BELIEVE YOU WILL COME.

MAYBE NOT TODAY OR TOMORROW.

YOU WILL TRANSFORM THE SECRET MOURNINGS OF OUR SOULS.

WE WILL DANCE AND SING AND EMBRACE YOU AND EACH OTHER

BECAUSE YOU CAME AMONG US, EMMANUEL.

YOU ARE WITH US, EMMANUEL.

YOU ARE LOVE ITSELF!

IF ONLY WE COULD — WOULD — SEE YOU, RIGHT IN FRONT OF US — WITH US.

THEN, WOULD WE — COULD WE — EMBRACE YOU / OPEN OUR HEARTS TO YOU!

BECAUSE OF  YOU, OUR BEING BECOMES “BEING-IN-LOVE!”

WE REJOICE! WE GIVE THANKS! WE BELIEVE!

COME, LORD JESUS!  YES, LORD JESUS, COME.

 

BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THIS CHRISTMAS LET EACH ONE OF US GIVE THANKS

– AND RECEIVE AGAIN IN A NEW WAY FOR SUCH A PRECIOUS, WONDROUS LOVE,

SUCH A WONDERFUL GIFT.

HERE IS A YOUTUBE PRESENTATION OF THE POWERFUL HYMN SUNG BY STEVE GREEN  “WHAT WONDROUS LOVE IS THIS?  BE SURE TO TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS AND ENTER FULL SCREEN.

ENJOY AND HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

 

WITH LOVE,

BOB TRAUPMAN

CONTEMPLATIVE WRITER

 

 

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

Advent Day 23 ~ What does it all mean?

Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent

O come, O Come Emmanuel

That mourns in lonely exile here

And ransom captive Israel

        Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel!

Remember the age-old story “The Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens?  That laid out for us more than most the meaning of Christmas.

Have you asked yourself what Christmas means for You?  Here’s a short video that might help: (You’ll need to start the video and enter full screen.  It’s only a minute long.  Then go to the top left of you computer and above the word “back”, click on this < and it will bring you back to this page.  Now click here:  (Check this video out first!)

And finally, to end our Advent celebration here’s a rendition of the spiritual “Soon and Very Soon:   Click Here.

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer