Advent Reflections 2006

Reflection for the season of Advent 2006.

January 5, 2006 - Christmastide XII

“Prepare the way of the LORD; Make His paths straight.” (St.Luke 3:4)

January 4, 2007 - Christmastide XI

“But supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.” (St. Luke 2:44-45)

January 3, 2007 - Christmastide X

“Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your Word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation…” (St. Luke 2:29-30)

January 2, 2007 - Christmastide IX

“For Zion’s sake I will not hold My peace…until her righteousness goes forth as brightness And her salvation as a lamp that burns." (Isaiah 62:1)

January 1, 2007 - The Circumcision and Name of Jesus

“And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS...” (St. Luke 2:21) “Who has redeemed me…with His holy, precious blood…” (2nd Article Explanation)

December 31, 2006 - Eve of the Name of Jesus - New Year's Eve

“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning…Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching.” (St. Luke 12:35, 37)

December 30, 2006 - Christmastide VI

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” (St. Luke 1:35)

December 29, 2006 - Christmastide V

“Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2)

December 27, 2006 - St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the Supper…” (St. John 21:20)

December 28, 2006 - Holy Innocents - Martyrs

“Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt…Then Herod…put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem.” (St. Matthew 2:13, 16)

December 26, 2006 - St. Stephen - Martyr

“So they conspired against him [Zechariah], and at the command of the king they stoned him.” (2 Chronicles 24:21) “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” (Acts 7:59)

December 25, 2006 - Christmas Day - Nativity of Our Lord

“According to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior.“ (Titus 3:5-6)

December 24, 2006 - The Fourth Sunday in Advent,Rorate Coeli

“From now on all generations shall call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me and Holy is His name.” (St. Luke 1:46-55)

December 23, 2006 - Saturday in the Third Week of Advent

“Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down the Righteous One; Let the earth open her womb, and bring forth Salvation.” (Isaiah 45:8 – Introit for Rorate coeli)

December 22, 2006-Friday in the Third Week of Advent

“By these three plagues a third of mankind was killed…” (Revelation 9:18)

December 21, 2006-Thursday in the Third Week of Advent, St. Thomas the Apostle

“Then He said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here, and see my hands and put your hand here and place it in my side and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” (St. John 20:24-31)

December 20, 2006 -Wednesday in the Third Week of Advent

“Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.” (Revelation 8:5)

December 19, 2006 -Tuesday in the Third Week of Advent

“Let a man consider us in this way as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)

December 18, 2006 -Monday in the Third Week of Advent

“’Comfort, O Comfort My people,’ says your God.” (Isaiah 40:1-8, 9-11)

December 17, 2006 - The Third Sunday in Advent, Gaudete

“Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” (St. Matthew 11:2-10)

December 16, 2006 - Saturday in the Second Week of Advent

“You have forgiven the iniquity of your people. You have covered all their sin." (Introit for Gaudete)

December 15, 2006 - Friday in the Second Week of Advent

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” (Revelation 3:5)

December 14, 2006 - Thursday in the Second Week of Advent

“For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’” (Isaiah 30:15)

December 13, 2006 - Wednesday in the Second Week of Advent

“And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He Who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen.’” (Revelation 1:17-18)

December 12, 2006 - Tuesday in the Second Week of Advent

“Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints, to execute judgment on all...” (Jude 14-15)

December 11, 2006 - Monday in the Second Week of Advent

“’For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble, and the day which is coming shall burn them up,’ says the Lord of hosts”. (Malachi 4:1-6)

December 10, 2006 - The Second Sunday in Advent, Populus Zion

“Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to happen stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near.” (St. Luke 21:25-36)

December 9, 2006 - Saturday in the First Week of Advent

“Daughter of Zion, behold, surely your salvation is coming. The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and you shall have gladness of heart.” (Isaiah 20:29, 30; 62:11 – Introit for Populus Zion)

December 8, 2006 - Friday in the First Week of Advent

“And on this mountain the Lord will make a feast for all people...” (Isaiah 25:6)

December 7, 2006 - Thursday in the First Week of Advent

“And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.” (1 John 1:4)

December 6, 2006 - Wednesday in the First Week of Advent

“Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness...?”(2 Peter 3:11)

December 5, 2006 - Tuesday in the First Week of Advent

“And do this, knowing the time, that already the hour for you to awake from sleep, for our salvation now is nearer than when we believed.” (Romans 13:11-14)

December 4, 2006 - Monday in the First Week of Advent

“In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell in safety; This is the name by which He will be called: ‘Yahweh our Righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23:5-8)

December 3, 2006 - The First Sunday in Advent, Ad Te Levavi

“Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” (St. Matthew 21:1-9)