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Thursday, Second Week of Advent

December 13, 2012

Blessed St. Lucy’s Day!

St. Lucy Before the Judge

You can find her story here.

The winter Ember Days are on their way!
(next week Wednesday, Friday and Saturday)

Entrance Antiphon:
Behold, now she follows the Lamb Who was crucified for us,
powerful in virginity, modesty her offering,
a sacrifice on the altar of chastity.

Collect:
May the glorious intercession
of the Virgin and Martyr Saint Lucy
give us new heart, we pray, O Lord,
so that we may celebrate her heavenly birthday
in this present age
and so behold things eternal.
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. Amen.

Readings specific for St. Lucy:
2 Corinthians 10:17-11:2 (I betrothed you to one husband,
to present you as a chaste virgin to Christ)
Psalm 31: 3-4, 6, 8, 16-17 “Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit”
+ Matthew 25:1-13 (Parable of the wise and foolish virgins)

I’m sorry, that’s been spoken for.
It is not mine to give.

I may give away my light
but not its source.

I’ve been betrothed;
I must not break my wedding vows.
My single-hearted love,
my chastity,
is for my Groom
Who’s coming back
–the cry has come–
PREPARE THE WAY!

I’ll point the way
to get your own,
but oh, be quick!
He’s nearly come!

Put off your foolish ways;
don’t rob your Groom
of light
for His return!
He’ll look for you…
but there will come a time
when it’s too late.
And you would hate
yourself forever
hopelessly.

Run to the merchant
of forgiveness,
pay your coin
of true repentance,
open to the oil of grace,
shine again
with holy light!

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