Hovering on the Brink

by Digitalnun on December 16, 2013

Tomorrow everything changes. We begin the last few days of Advent with a new Preface and the magnificent series of ‘O’ antiphons at Vespers which chart the final steps of our journey. (If you would like to read more about Advent and listen to the ‘O’ antiphons sung in Latin according to a traditional plainsong melody, with a brief explanation of the texts and references, see our main site, here.)

I think there can be no better meditation for today, no better preparation for the remaining days before Christmas,  than praying the Second Preface of Advent. It is ‘theology in a nutshell'; so, if you can, take the time to let the phrases sink in and do their work in you:

It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father,
almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

For all the oracles of the prophets foretold him,
the Virgin Mother longed for him with love beyond all telling,
John the Baptist sang of his coming
and proclaimed his presence when he came.

It is by his gift that already we rejoice at the mystery of his Nativity,
so that he may find us watchful in prayer
and exultant in his praise.

And so, with Angels and Archangels,
with Thrones and Dominions,
and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy . . .

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4 comments

Lovely preface.

The Anglican Church doesn’t use them much, only the more traditional priests will take the time to search them out and use them, normally retired priests or Anglo Catholic Priests.

#thingswemiss

by UKViewer on Monday, 16 December, 2013 at 10:02 am. #

A very blessed reading for today that lifted my heart.

by Stuart Rogerson on Monday, 16 December, 2013 at 11:20 am. #

More traditional wording as part of the GIRM reforms prayed throughout the year. I enjoy hearing the names of the different types of angels.

by Jean on Monday, 16 December, 2013 at 5:33 pm. #

Many thanks for the link to the traditional plainsong melody and the explanations.
With you in prayers as you enter cyber silence.

by claire bangasser on Monday, 16 December, 2013 at 7:54 pm. #


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