O Antiphon for December 23rd

"O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!" 

See the Ten Commandments Christmon here

December 23, 2018 by Wanita Wood

O Antiphon for December 22

"O King of all nations and keystone of the Church:
come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!"

See this Christmon here

December 22, 2018 by Wanita Wood
Tags: antiphon

O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.

December 21, 2018 by Wanita Wood

The Key of David - Clavis David

The O antiphon for December 20, "O Clavis David", is a beautiful expression of Isaiah 22:22's prophecy about the authority of Jesus and the visible sign he has given us until His return to earth in power and glory.
December 20, 2018 by Timothy Wood

My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?

Today, let us think of the suffering of Christ for us. The ornament that depicts this best is the crown of thorns - the ram caught in the thicket which Abraham sacrificed instead of Isaac harkens to the Lamb who gave Himself willingly and meekly for our sins. Psalm 22, written by King David hundreds of years before Christ was born, describes His suffering:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
    Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?
O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer,
    and by night, but I find no rest.

Yet you are holy,
    enthroned on the praises of Israel.
In you our fathers trusted;
    they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried and were rescued;
    in you they trusted and were not put to shame.

But I am a worm and not a man,
    scorned by mankind and despised by the people.
All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother's breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother's womb you have been my God.
11 Be not far from me,
    for trouble is near,
    and there is none to help.

12 Many bulls encompass me;
    strong bulls of Bashan surround me;
13 they open wide their mouths at me,
    like a ravening and roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water,
    and all my bones are out of joint;
my heart is like wax;
    it is melted within my breast;
15 my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
    and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
    you lay me in the dust of death.

16 For dogs encompass me;
    a company of evildoers encircles me;
they have pierced my hands and feet—
17 I can count all my bones—
they stare and gloat over me;
18 they divide my garments among them,
    and for my clothing they cast lots.

19 But you, O Lord, do not be far off!
    O you my help, come quickly to my aid!
20 Deliver my soul from the sword,
    my precious life from the power of the dog!
21     Save me from the mouth of the lion!
You have rescued[c] me from the horns of the wild oxen!

22 I will tell of your name to my brothers;
    in the midst of the congregation I will praise you:
23 You who fear the Lord, praise him!
    All you offspring of Jacob, glorify him,
    and stand in awe of him, all you offspring of Israel!
24 For he has not despised or abhorred
    the affliction of the afflicted,
and he has not hidden his face from him,
    but has heard, when he cried to him.

25 From you comes my praise in the great congregation;
    my vows I will perform before those who fear him.
26 The afflicted shall eat and be satisfied;
    those who seek him shall praise the Lord!
    May your hearts live forever!

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember
    and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
    shall worship before you.
28 For kingship belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.

29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
    before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
    even the one who could not keep himself alive.
30 Posterity shall serve him;
    it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation;
31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn,
    that he has done it.

See the Crown of Thorns here

December 19, 2018 by Wanita Wood

Take and Eat, This is My Body

This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me
December 18, 2018 by Wanita Wood
Tags: Pelican

The Word of the Lord Endures Forever VDMA

Verbum Domini Manet in Aeternum, the motto of the reformation!
December 17, 2018 by Wanita Wood

The Phoenix?

Have you ever wondered why the Phoenix is a Christmon? 

"During the consulship of Paulus Fabius and Lucius Vitellius, the bird called the phoenix, after a long succession of ages, appeared in Egypt and furnished the most learned men of that country and of Greece with abundant matter for the discussion of the marvellous phenomenon. It is my wish to make known all on which they agree with several things, questionable enough indeed, but not too absurd to be noticed." The Annuls, Tacitus.
(referenced by Paul Maier in Pontius Pilate)

December 16, 2018 by Wanita Wood

Behold Your King

Behold, your king is coming to you;
    righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey
December 15, 2018 by Wanita Wood

The Descending Dove

Cast me not away from your presence,
    and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
December 14, 2018 by Wanita Wood
Tags: Dove