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the Nativity of Our Lord

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O God, Who hast made this most holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant, we beseech Thee, that as we have known on earth the mysteries of that Light, we may also come to the fullness of His joys in heaven; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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December 24, 2019

"O Emmanuel..."

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Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,
and shall call His name Immanuel.
-- Isaiah 7.14 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Emmanuel, our king
and our lawgiver,
the anointed of the nations
and their . . .

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December 23, 2019

the fourth Sunday in Advent

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Stir up, O Lord, we beseech Thee, Thy power, and come, and with great might succor us, that by the help of Thy grace whatsoever is hindered by our sin may be speedily accomplished, through Thy mercy and satisfaction; Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever One God, world without end. Amen.

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December 22, 2019

"O King of the Nations..."

advent antiphons 2019

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He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore...
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
. . .

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December 22, 2019

"O Dayspring..."

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The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
-- Isaiah 9.2 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Dayspring,
splendor of light everlasting:
Come and enlighten those
who . . .

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December 21, 2019

"O Key of David..."

advent antiphons 2019

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The key of the house of David
I will lay on his shoulder;
So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
-- Isaiah 22.22 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel,
you open and no one else . . .

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December 20, 2019

God's Word...a groundbreaking translation

God's Word

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With the recent announcement of a new, wide-margin edition of the God's Word translation of the bible, I thought it appropriate to look at some of the best features and translation choices of this lesser known bible translation. When first introduced in 1995 many of these translation choices were novel. Since then, . . .

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December 19, 2019

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