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Christmas Eve

December 24, 2012

Blessed Christmas Eve!

Entrance Antiphon:
Behold, when the fullness of time had come,
God sent His Son into the world.

Collect:
Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus,
and do not delay,
that those who trust in Your compassion
may find solace and relief in Your coming.
Who live and reign with God the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings (Mass in the morning):
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16 (God will establish a house for David forever)
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29 “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord”
+ Luke 1:67-79 (Zachariah’s song at John’s birth)

We find greatest joy
in serving God
within His house
(it’s our house too–
my Father’s house is my house).

This is our destiny;
it’s in our bones.

How lovely is Your dwelling place,
O Lord of Hosts!
My soul longs and faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and my flesh sing for joy
to the living God…
Blessed are those who dwell in Your house,
ever singing Your praise
…For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
-Psalm 84:1-2, 4, 10

This is the thrill of Heaven:

I heard what sounded like the shouts of a great crowd,
or the roaring of the deep,
or mighty peals of thunder, as they cried:
Alleluia!
The Lord is King,
our God, the Almighty!
Let us rejoice and be glad,
and give Him glory!
-Revelation 19:6-7

God wants this joy for us
beginning now.

That’s why He sets us free…

This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham;
to set us free from our enemies,
free to worship Him without fear,
holy and righteous in His sight
all the days of our lives.
-Luke 1:73-75

…to worship Him!

King David got it right.
When God gave rest
from all his foes
on every side,
he fixed his heart
on worshipping
within His house.

What are the foes
that keep you
from your greatest happiness,
from worshipping
and serving God
in holiness
within the house He built
for you?

The Son of David’s come
to set you free.

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