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Tuesday, First Week of Advent

December 4, 2012

Blessed St. John Damascene’s Day!

St. John Damascene

St. John Damascene

You can find his story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
In the midst of the Church he opened his mouth,
and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding
and clothed him in a robe of glory.

Collect:
Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that we may be helped by the prayers
of the priest Saint John Damascene,
so that the true faith,
which he excelled in teaching,
may always be our light and our strength.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings specific to St. John Damascene:
2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2: 1-3 (Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit Who dwells within us)
Psalm 19:8-11 “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart”
+Matthew 25:14-30 (Since you were faithful in small matters, share your master’s joy)

Guard this rich trust
with the help of the Holy Spirit
Who dwells within us
-2 Timothy 1:14

Perfect…refreshing…
Trustworthy…enlightening…
Enduring…just…
More precious than gold…
Sweeter than honey…
(see Psalm 19:8-11)

This is the treasure entrusted to us
by our fondest Friend
for our deepest joy:

the teaching of the Lord,
our manual for happiness;

gift of supreme value
under constant attack.

Something so valuable, so endangered–
surely we should hide it away!

The servant who tried that
fared not so well!

You wicked, lazy servant!…
Take the talent away from him…
And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth
-Matthew 25:26, 28, 30

Strong words!

This gift’s like a plant
–take cuttings–
it grows in the sharing;
best guarded
by giving it away, away, away.
If you lose your own
you can get it back
from someone to whom you’ve given it.

Just beware the tares–
deadly look-a-likes
sown by an enemy
to deceive the unwary
(see Matthew 13:24-30).
Don’t propagate those!
Distorted truth
destroys.

The Holy Spirit
within the Church
will help,
will expose deceit,
guide you to truth (see John 16:13)…
heed His voice!
Then rejoice
with your Lord.

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