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Blessed Advent
« on: November 29, 2015, 05:36:59 AM »
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  • Hymn {from the Psalter for the season of the Church year}

    Celestial Word, to this our earth
     Sent down from God's eternal clime,
     To save mankind by mortal birth
     Into a world of change and time;

     Enlighten our hearts; vain hopes destroy;
     And in thy love's consuming fire
     Fill all the soul with heavenly joy,
     And melt the dross of low desire.

     So when the Judge of quick and dead
     Shall bid his awful summons come,
     To whelm the guilty soul with dread,
     And call the blessed to their home.

     Saved from the whirling, black abyss,
     Forevermore to us be given
     To share the feast of saintly bliss,
     And see the face of God in heaven.

     To God the Father and the Son
     Our songs with one accord we raise;
     And to the Holy Spirit, One
     With them, be ever equal praise
     Amen.
     


     
    But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
    Luke 10:42

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    Blessed Advent
    « Reply #1 on: November 29, 2015, 05:49:01 AM »
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  • The prophet complains of the sins of Juda and Jerusalem, and exhorts them to a sincere conversion.

    [1] The vision of Isaias the son of Amos I which he saw concerning Juda and Jerusalem in the days of Ozias, Joathan, Achaz, and Ezechias, kings of Juda. [2] Hear, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the Lord hath spoken. I have brought up children, and exalted them: but they have despised me. [3] The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master' s crib: but Israel hath not known me, and my people hath not understood. [4] Woe to the sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a wicked seed, ungracious children: they have forsaken the Lord, they have blasphemed the Holy One of Israel, they are gone away backwards. [5] For what shall I strike you any more, you that increase transgression? the whole head is sick, and the whole heart is sad.

    [6] From the sole of the foot unto the top of the head, there is no soundness therein: wounds and bruises and swelling sores: they are not bound up, nor dressed, nor fomented with oil. [7] Your land is desolate, your cities are burnt with fire: your country strangers devour before your face, and it shall be desolate as when wasted by enemies. [8] And the daughter of Sion shall be left as a covert in a vineyard, and as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, and as a city that is laid waste. [9] Except the Lord of hosts had left us seed, we had been as Sodom, and we should have been like to Gomorrha.
    But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
    Luke 10:42


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    Blessed Advent
    « Reply #2 on: November 29, 2015, 05:59:17 AM »
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  • From the Sermons of Pope St Leo the Great,
    8th on the December Fast, and almsgiving.
     
    Our Saviour Himself instructed His disciples concerning the times and seasons of the coming of the Kingdom of God and the end of the world, and He hath given the same teaching to the Church by the mouth of His Apostles. In connection with this subject then, Our Lord biddeth us beware lest we let our hearts grow heavy through excess of meat and drink, and worldly thoughts. Dearly beloved brethren, we know how that this warning applieth particularly to us. We know that that day is coming, and though for a season we know not the very hour> yet this we know, that it is near.

    Let every man then make himself ready against the coming of the Lord, so that He may not find him making his belly his god, or the world his chief care. Dearly beloved brethren, it is a matter of every day experience that fulness of drink dulleth the keenness of the mind, and that excess of eating unnerveth the strength of the will. The very stomach protesteth that gluttony doth harm to the bodily health, unless temperance get the better of desire, and the thought of the indigestion afterward check the indulgence of the moment.

    The body without the soul hath no desires; its sensibility cometh from the same source as its movements. And it is the duty of a man with a reasonable soul to deny something to his lower nature and to keep back the outer man from things unseemly. Then will his soul, free from fleshly cravings, sit often at leisure in the palace of the mind, dwelling on the wisdom of God. There, when the roar and rattle of earthly cares are stilled, will she feed on holy thoughts and entertain herself with the expectation of the everlasting joy.
    But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
    Luke 10:42

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    Blessed Advent
    « Reply #3 on: December 01, 2015, 04:55:04 AM »
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  • Psalms {Laudes:2 from the Psalter for the day of the week}

    Ant. According to the multitude of thy tender mercies Psalm 50 [1]

    50:1 Have mercy on me, O God, * according to thy great mercy.
    50:2 And according to the multitude of thy tender mercies * blot out my iniquity.
    50:3 Wash me yet more from my iniquity, * and cleanse me from my sin.
    50:4 For I know my iniquity, * and my sin is always before me.
    50:5 To thee only have I sinned, and have done evil before thee: * that thou mayst be justified in thy words, and mayst overcome when thou art judged.
    50:6 For behold I was conceived in iniquities; * and in sins did my mother conceive me.
    50:7 For behold thou hast loved truth: * the uncertain and hidden things of thy wisdom thou hast made manifest to me.
    50:8 Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed: * thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.
    50:9 To my hearing thou shalt give joy and gladness: * and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.
    50:10 Turn away thy face from my sins, * and blot out all my iniquities.
    50:11 Create a clean heart in me, O God: * and renew a right spirit within my bowels.
    50:12 Cast me not away from thy face; * and take not thy holy spirit from me.
    50:13 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, * and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.
    50:14 I will teach the unjust thy ways: * and the wicked shall be converted to thee.
    50:15 Deliver me from blood, O God, thou God of my salvation: * and my tongue shall extol thy justice.
    50:16 O Lord, thou wilt open my lips: * and my mouth shall declare thy praise.
    50:17 For if thou hadst desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it: * with burnt offerings thou wilt not be delighted.
    50:18 A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit: * a contrite and humbled heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
    50:19 Deal favourably, O Lord, in thy good will with Sion; * that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.
    50:20 Then shalt thou accept the sacrifice of justice, oblations and whole burnt offerings: * then shall they lay calves upon thy altar.
    V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
    R. As it was in the beginning, is now, * and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    Ant. According to the multitude of thy tender mercies * blot out my iniquity.
    But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
    Luke 10:42

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    « Reply #4 on: December 01, 2015, 04:57:24 AM »
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  • The Prophet Isaiah
    But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
    Luke 10:42


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    « Reply #5 on: December 01, 2015, 05:15:10 AM »
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  • Chapter Hymn Verse {from the Psalter for the day of the week}
    Isa 2:3
    Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
    R. Thanks be to God.

    Hymn
    Hark, a herald voice is calling;
    “Christ is nigh,” it seems to say;
    “Cast away the dreams of darkness,
     O ye children of the day.”

    Startled at the solemn warning,
     Let the earth-bound soul arise;
     Christ, her sun, all sloth dispelling,
     Shines upon the morning skies.

     Lo, the Lamb, so long expected,
     Comes with pardon down from heaven;
     Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,
     One and all to be forgiven.

     So when next he comes with glory,
     Wrapping all the earth in fear,
     May he then as our defender
     On the clouds of heaven appear.

     Honour, glory, virtue, merit,
     To the Father and the Son,
     With the co-eternal Spirit,
     While eternal ages run.
     Amen.

    V. A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord.
    R. Make straight his paths.
    But one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
    Luke 10:42

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    Blessed Advent
    « Reply #6 on: December 01, 2015, 02:36:07 PM »
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  • In the essence of thee O'Lord God, how I have sinned,
    I know that I am always unworthy, yet thou put the grace
    of thy son Jesus upon me. How many times thou telleth me
    that i must turn the other cheek, not look at others as
    though i am superior and most of all, to think i am better
    in any way, shape, or form. Were i to be judged on how i
    treat others how horrible would be my consequences for all
    my actions. I can see that if i were to be judged before
    thee after my death, i would be in a despicable condition.
    O how sad may i be that i could be so cruel, and not see
    the good path thou had set before me in my lifetime. I can
    bet many a time i thought others may of been beneath me ,
    others had no right to their voice and let alone not give
    me what i demanded. Yet thy son Jesus forgives as many a
    time as i ask. How can we ever show our gratitude with the
    grace of thee O God, with the Holy Ghost in Sanctifying
    Grace, Thy life energy with in our being. This is far more
    than i should ever be given, and receive. May I be able to
    show the love, charity, and compassion to those in need,to
    those who can change from their sinful passions and be able
    to live a life fully in thy honor. Let not their past be the
    judgement, let it be as many times as thou wish and amplify.
    Never let us go, linger around us O' Jesus forever and ever.
    Instill all the Angelic harmony and peace as true Christians
    ought. Give to the lost at least a final chance to make right.
    This way none can say they did not have the opportunity to be
    able to get to Heaven. Let paradise be our goal today !

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    Re: Blessed Advent
    « Reply #7 on: December 03, 2017, 10:36:47 PM »
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    Re: Blessed Advent
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  • To live with the Saints in Heaven is all bliss and glory....To live with the saints on Earth is just another story!  (unknown)

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    Re: Blessed Advent
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  • Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of Godwas born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
    [State your intention(s) here...]
    through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother.
    Amen.
    To live with the Saints in Heaven is all bliss and glory....To live with the saints on Earth is just another story!  (unknown)

     

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