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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

O Adonai (O Lord)

So…I spent 7 hours in the dark and cold yesterday…all from the comfort of my home :)  Yes, it was a “no power” exercise in patience and gratefulness.  I am SO proud that my kids didn’t complain.  Instead, I lit every Yankee Candle I had, we listened to the “boom box” gently playing Christmas music and they TALKED and they played board games…actually, it was quite a relaxing “forced” break!  I needed a mini-vacation anyway!

So, today I play catch-up.  Alas, everyone is still sleeping!  Cold has a way of wearing you out!

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I leave you with this lovely Advent scripture (O Antiphon) for today:

O Adonai:
“O sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain: come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.” Isaiah had prophesied, “But He shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.” (Isaiah 11:4-5); and “Indeed the Lord will be there with us, majestic; yes the Lord our judge, the Lord our lawgiver, the Lord our king, he it is who will save us.”

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From Wikipedia:

The O Antiphons are Magnificat antiphons used at Vespers of the last seven days of Advent in Western Christian traditions.

They are referred to as the "O Antiphons" because the title of each one begins with the interjection "O".[1] Each antiphon is a name of Christ, one of his attributes mentioned in Scripture. They are:

  • December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
  • December 18: O Adonai (O Lord)
  • December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
  • December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
  • December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
  • December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
  • December 23: O Emmanuel (O With Us is God)

God bless you this 18th day of December ~ as we await the joyful celebration of Emmanuel, God with us!

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