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Friday, Second Week of Advent (St. Lucy)

December 13, 2013

JMJ

Blessed St. Lucy’s Day!

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)

The light I have is not my own.

I cannot boast except in Him
from Whom it comes,
nor give its source away
to one who asks–
He bade me guard
this chastity
that falls to ashes
when unveiled
before the common gaze.

I can but point the way
to you,
to pay the price of everything
you have
to gain this pearl
of great price
(see Matthew 13:45),
then hurry back!
The Bridegroom comes!
He will be looking
for your light
to cheer His Heart.

Am I inclined to attribute what goodness I may have to myself instead of to God?
Do I compromise my own soul for the sake of another, thereby depriving them, myself and God
of the light He entrusted to me?

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