Saturday, second week of Advent (St. Lucy)
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)
You can read more about those here.
Behold, now she follows the Lamb Who was crucified for us,
powerful in virginity, modesty her offering,
a sacrifice on the altar of chastity.
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 thoughtful virgins
when to say “no”.
But we protest
Aren’t we to give
to those who ask?
but some things
are not ours
We’ve been betrothed.
We’re not our own.
There is a holy jealousy
that guards our light,
which will not shine
if we have spread ourselves
Am I willing to take the heat to say “no” to what is not rightfully mine to give?
Do I compromise my light by trying to do too much?