Cloisters of Saint John Lateran, Rome. Source:

Thursday, 27 November 2014

The Mystery Of Advent. Part Three.

Non-Italic Text is taken from The Liturgical Year by Abbot Gueranger, O.S.B.
(Translated from the French by Dom Laurence Shepherd, O.S.B.)
Advent. Volume 1. St. Bonaventure Publications,
Originally published 1949.
Republished by St. Bonaventure Publications, July 2000.

Italic text is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

Illustrations are taken from Wikipedia - the free encyclopaedia,
unless otherwise stated.

The first three Great O Antiphons (which commence on 17 December) are shown on this Verso
 of folio 30 from The Poissy Antiphonal, a certified Dominican Antiphonal of 428 folios from Poissy, France, written 1335-1345, with a complete annual Cycle of Chants for The Divine Office 
(Temporal, Sanctoral and Commons) and a Hymnal. 
Date: 1335 - 1345.
Source: La Trobe University Library, Medieval Music Database, 
Author: Unknown.
(Wikimedia Commons)

The Church aspires also to The Second Coming, the consequence of The First, which consists, as we have just seen, in the visit of The Bridegroom to The Bride. This Coming takes place, each year, at The Feast of Christmas, when the new Birth of The Son of God delivers the Faithful from that yoke of bondage, under which the enemy would oppress them. [Collect for Christmas Day.]

The Church, therefore, during Advent, Prays that she may be visited by Him Who is her Head and her Spouse; visited in her hierarchy; visited in her Members, of whom some are living, and some are dead, but may come to life again; visited, lastly, in those who are not in communion with her, and even in the very infidels, that so they may be converted to The True Light, which shines even for them.

The expressions of The Liturgy, which The Church makes use of, to ask for this loving and invisible Coming, are those which she employs when begging for The Coming of Jesus in The Flesh; for the two visits are for the same object.

English: Church of Saint-Étienne in Beauvais, France. 
Jesse Tree Window by Engrand Le Prince, 1522-1524.
Français: Vitrail de l'église Saint-Étienne de Beauvais, France, 
représentant l'arbre de Jessé. Sa réalisation, par Engrand Le Prince, date de 1522-1524.
Source: Book "Stained Glass: An Illustrated History" by Sarah Brown.
Author: Engrand Leprince.
(Wikimedia Commons)

In vain would The Son of God have come, nineteen hundred years ago, to visit and save mankind, unless He came again for each one of us and at every moment of our lives, bringing to us and cherishing within us that Supernatural life, of which He and His Holy Spirit are the sole principle.

The following is taken from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal.

(From The First Sunday of Advent to 24 December).

Doctrinal Note.

If we read The Liturgical Texts, which The Church uses in the course of the four weeks of Advent, we see clearly that it is her intention to make us share the attitude of mind of the Patriarchs and Seers of Israel, who looked forward to the Advent of the Messias in His Twofold Coming of Grace and Glory.

During this Season, the Greek Church commemorates Our Lord's ancestors, especially Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. On The Fourth Sunday, she honours all the Patriarchs of The Old Testament; from Adam to Saint Joseph, and the Prophets, of whom Saint Matthew speaks in his genealogy of Our Lord.

The Latin Church, without honouring them in any special form of Devotion, nevertheless speaks to us of them in The Office, when quoting the promises made to them concerning The Messias.


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