Advent Meditations: Tuesday 19 December

Dec 19, 2017 by

Dec 19
am: 45
pm: 47, 48
Zech 2:1-13 Rev 3:14-22 Matt 24:32-44

Tuesday of  Advent III

Notes on the Liturgical Feast for Today :  – Saint Darius  of Nicea, Martyr, 4th Century        is noted  by the Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Catholic Church  on this day when he was martyred in the 4th century in Nicaea, alongside Zosimus, Paul and Secundus. In the O Antiphons today we recall and pray O Root of Jesse”  thus recalling the OT imagery where the Jesse Tree represents Jesus’ family tree as seen in Isaiah 11:1, in which Jesus is referred to as a shoot coming up from the stump of Jesse, the father of David. So this day we pray O Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before whom all kings are mute, to whom the nations will do homage.

O Antiphon : O Radix Jesse – O Root of Jesse you  have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in Your presence; the nations bow down in worship before You. Come; let nothing keep You from coming to our aid.

Biblical Meditation In today’s Old Testament Lesson, the LORD urges those who are still in Babylon to flee and return home because the time for  exile is over, and therefore the Israelites should leave Babylon and return to be with Him in Jerusalem as  Babylon is doomed to destruction. It is time for the Hebrew people to claim the promise that is theirs . Isn’t it time for the people who say they follow Christ in name only to flee the exile of absence from the Lord and make a return to Him this Holy Season?


Who in our lives needs to hear that invitation to light and life. Who needs to know that the comfort of Babylon is a rouse?  We need to be the voice of Zechariah to such a people today.


PRAYER:     Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one

Spiritual Discipline /Activity Seek our Spiritual Counsel and Direction today on some key spiritual questions and issues that you feel are keeping you from growing in your faith and take that wisdom to heart in this season. 

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:A mind that has found spiritual wisdom is like a man who finds a fully equipped ship at sea, and once he has gone aboard, it brings him from the sea of this world to the isle of the age to come. ” ― St. Isaac of Nineveh


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