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Advent

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 23rd December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Emmanuel (God with us).(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O Emmanuel, you are our King and judgethe one whom the peoples await and their Saviour,O Come and save us, Lord our God.Emmanuel means ‘God with us’. Can we believe that God entered the womb of Mary, took flesh from her and became man? Do we really believe this? What greater thing has ever happened to all of us who believe, that Mary herself believing, received the Word concerning Him faithfully in her heart.When we to acknowledge Him in faith and obtain forgiveness for our sins, then immediately – just as God the Word and Second Person of the Blessed Trinity entered into the Virgin’s womb – even so do we receive […]

By |December 23rd, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 22nd December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on yesterday’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as King. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O King, whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone which makes all one. O come and save us whom you made from clay. Maranatha. Come Lord Jesus come.Whom you made from clay. In Genesis we receive two accounts of the creation of man. “God said, Let us make man in our own image in the likeness of ourselves .God created man in the image of Himself, in the Image of God he created him”. And again it is said “God fashioned man of dust from the soil. Then he breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and thus man became a living being”. There is therefore inherent in the very fabric […]

By |December 23rd, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 21st December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on yesterday’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Rising Sun. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O Rising Sun, You are the splendour of eternal light and the Sun of Justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.By living in Ireland I have learned to see the Sun, even if it is raining. Our whole business in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God can be seen.Each of the antiphons contains the words “O” and “COME”, expressive of longing, pleading, heart-felt desire. In them we beg God to BE with us and SAVE us.The longing for God expressed in the antiphons is the pale human shadow of God鈥檚 longing for us. They are […]

By |December 22nd, 2011|Liturgy|1 Comment

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 20th December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Key of David.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below). O come now key of David, come,And open wide our heavenly home,make safe the way that leads on highAnd close the path to misery.Rejoice, Rejoice!Emmanuel shall come to you O Israel.Reflecting on this Antiphon alongside today鈥檚 Gospel, (Lk.1:26-38), we have highlighted for us the Presence of God in our lives.A few verses before today鈥檚 Gospel passage, the Archangel Gabriel, tells Zachary: 鈥渕y name is Gabriel and my place is in God鈥檚 Presence. What a truly stupendous statement! Further on in the same Gospel passage, we are told of this same Archangel when he visits Mary with the tidings of the Incarnation鈥.鈥檌nto her presence the angel came鈥. (R.Knox translation)Surely we are left in […]

By |December 20th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 19th December

Below is the text of a reflection given by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as the Root of Jesse.(If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below) O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the nations;Kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim.O come to deliver us, and do not delay.The Holy Spirit speaking through the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before Christ said “a shoot springs from the stump of Jesse, a scion thrusts from his roots, on him the spirit of the Lord rests”. Jesse was the father of King David. Isaiah must have seen in a vision a sapling springing from the apparently dead stump of Jesse. He lived about 300 years after David and the Davidic dynasty did not appear very hopeful. So it is on a future king that Isaiah […]

By |December 19th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Reflection on the ‘O Antiphon’ – 18th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which speaks of Christ appearing to Moses in the burning bush. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in a burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power.Today鈥檚 鈥極 Antiphon鈥 refers to God鈥檚 coming to His people while they were living in slavery in Egypt. He reveals Himself as the 鈥楬oly One鈥, the 鈥楾ranscendent One鈥 as He calls out to Moses: 鈥淐ome no nearer. Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.鈥 Yet He is not aloof from His people鈥檚 plight. He says: 鈥淚 have seen the misery of my people. I have heard […]

By |December 18th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Reflection on the ‘O’ Antiphon – 17th December

Below is the text of a reflection give by one of our sisters on today’s Magnificat Antiphon, which invokes Christ as Wisdom. (If you prefer to listen, click the ‘play’ button in the box below)O Wisdom, You come forth from the mouth of the Most High.You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come, to teach us the way of truth. In the Magnificat Antiphon today we begin the first of the great 鈥淥 Antiphons鈥 rejoicing in our expectation of the Saviour鈥檚 coming and asking him to come to us under the particular manifestation of each Old Testament title. In this first Antiphon we address Christ as Wisdom and ask him to 鈥渢each us the way of truth鈥. In praying and reflecting on this text, I have been particularly struck by the fact that, as St Paul says, Christ is 鈥渙ur […]

By |December 17th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Third Sunday of Advent

鈥楻ejoice in the Lord always鈥.the Lord is near鈥. Phil 4:4-5.St. Paul may well have been referring to the end times when he uttered these joyful words in today鈥檚 liturgy, but they also have a deeper meaning as we read in today鈥檚 Gospel, when St. John the Baptist says to the Priests and Levites who were sent by the Jews to question him, 鈥︹檛here is one standing in your midst of whom you know nothing鈥 Jn1:27. ***Numerous times in the Gospels, we are confronted in the sacred texts with the Presence of Jesus passing unrecognised 鈥 surely our Lord intends us to penetrate something of the depth of this mystery 鈥 his unrecognisable Presence in our midst!With the exception of the loss and finding of Jesus in the Temple at the age of 12 years, the Gospels give us no further details of Jesus鈥 life until he begins his […]

By |December 11th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

2nd Sunday of Advent

HOPE is the message I garnered from today’s Mass Readings.”Console my people, console them says the Lord.” This is a challenging invitation from the Lord to us all who are trying to be faithful to him in these critical times. He is placing his trust in us to reach out in whatever way we can to His people who are being starved of him.Advent is above all a season of HOPE:Long the ages rolled and slowly to the coming of the WordFervent longings grew more fervent , undismayed by hopes deferredWeaker spirits sighed and whispered, could the Lord of all forget?While the prophets scanned the portents and in patience said: Not yet.Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the Kingdom of Heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength but on the help of the […]

By |December 4th, 2011|Liturgy|0 Comments

Advent

They shall see the Lord face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign for ever and ever. (Rev 22:4-5) Just over a week ago on the beautiful feast of Christ the King the Lord called our dear Sr Rosaleen to her eternal home, while the community were praying the Office of night prayer around her bedside. As the above scripture passage was being read her breathing began to fail and ever so gently she breathed her last as we sang the response: 鈥淚nto your hands I commend my spirit. You have redeemed us Lord God of truth.鈥 We continued with the canticle of Simeon:At last, all powerful MasterYou give leave to your servantto go in […]

By |November 28th, 2011|Prayer|0 Comments