Terce in Advent

Advent at Terce – Short Lesson Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. ~Jeremiah 23:5 ~Image: Tree of Jesse, woodcut, anonymous, Paris, 1528

Second Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday in Advent – Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever...

Saint Ambrose Hymnody

December 7 – St. Ambrose, Bishop of Milan An Advent hymn, words by Ambrose. Martin Luther based his Nun Komm, der Heiden heiland (Savior of the nations, come) on it. Veni redemptor gentium 1-Redeemer of the nations, come; reveal yourself in virgin birth, the birth which ages all adore, a wondrous birth, befitting God....

Lauds in Advent

Advent at Lauds – Behold, the Lord shall come and all his saints with him; and in that day the light shall be great. Alleluia. ~Benedictus Antiphon until 17 December

Vespers in Advent

Advent at Vespers – Fear not, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord; behold, you shall conceive and bear a Son, alleluia. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Vespers on December 23

Great O Antiphon, December 23 – O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God. ~Magnificat Antiphon

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent – Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns...

Vespers on December 22

Great O Antiphon for December 22 – O Rex gentium – O King of the nations, and their Desire, you are the cornerstone who makes us both one: Come and save mankind whom you fashioned from clay. ~Magnificat Antiphon