O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!
We are glad that we have a Father to trust.
We are glad to have a Father to rely upon.
Where was Jesus born?
Where was he born?
Bethlehem the city of wonder.
That is where the Father was born for sure.
Praise, Praise, Praise be to Him.
We thank Thee, We thank Thee for this day,
Praise be to Thee,
I do not know when I have had happier times in my soul, than when I have been sitting at work, with nothing before me but a candle and a white cloth, and hearing no sound but that of my own breath, with God in my soul and heaven in my eye......I rejoice in being exactly what I am,- a creature capable of loving God, and who, as long as God lives, must be happy. I get up and look for a while out of the window, and gaze at the moon and stars, the work of an Almighty hand. I think of the grandeur of the universe, and then sit down, and think myself one of the happiest beings in it.
-A Poor Methodist Woman, 18th cent.
The angel of God visited Mary
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Ave Maria, gratis plena, Dominus tecum,
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui,
Hail, Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed
Is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
And the Word became flesh
and lived among us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
Holy Mary, pray for us now
and in the hour of our death. Amen.
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care, and bids me at my Father's throne make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief, and oft escaped the tempter's snare by thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
Today begins the first of the seven "O Antiphons".
Happy Birthday Ludwig van Beethoven!!!
"The Peace of Wild Things"
When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought of grief.
I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.
For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.
This selection is from "The Armed Man"- A Mass for Peace and was dedicated to the victims of the Kosovo crisis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.
There is a flower springing
From tender roots it grows,
From Eden beauty bringing
From Jesse's stem a rose.
On his green branch it blows:
A bud that in cold winter
At midnight will unclose.
German, 15th century
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the
mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. Isaiah 40:5
The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
"All hail," said he, "thou lowly maiden Mary,
most highly favored lady,"Gloria!
"For know a blessed Mother thou shalt be,
all generations laud and honor thee,
thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
most highly favored lady," Gloria!
Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
"To me be as it pleaseth God," she said,
"my soul shall laud and magnify his holy Name."
Most highly favored lady, Gloria!
Tune: Basque carol
Words: Sabine Baring-Gould
Advent in Tirol - Christmas Markets in Innsbruck
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning...
See what the Lord has done.
Don't be worried, don't be worried.....
See what the Lord has done.