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Thursday, Third Week of Advent (O Lord of Lords)

December 18, 2014

JMJ

Blessed Thursday!

O Lord of Lords
And Leader of the house of Israel
Who appeared to Moses in the bush’s flaming fire,
And gave to him the Law of Sinai
Come stretch out Your mighty hand to set us free

Revelation 17:14:
They will fight against the Lamb but the Lamb will conquer them,
for He is the Lord of Lords
(see also Isaiah 11:4-5, 33:22, Genesis 3, Exodus 3, Exodus 19-20,
Deuteronomy 10:17, I Timothy 6:16, Psalm 136:3, Micah 5:2, Matthew 2:6)

Entrance Antiphon:
Christ our King is coming,
He is the Lamb foretold by John.

Collect:
Grant, we pray, Almighty God,
that we, who are weighted down from of old
by slavery beneath the yoke of sin,
may be set free by the newness
of the long-awaited Nativity
of Your Only-Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings:
Jeremiah 23:5-8 (God will raise a righteous shoot to David to save His people)
Psalm 72: 1-2, 12-13, 18-19 “Justice shall flourish in His time, and fullness of peace forever”
+ Matthew 1:18-25 (an angel tells Joseph to take Mary as his wife, and he obeys)

Fear not,
O Joseph,
son of David,
you shall raise the shoot
that God has promised
for the governance
of man.

A scepter shall rise
out of Israel
~Numbers 24:17

From His verdict
grows security;
His righteousness
protects us.
He draws us
out of hiding*
into peace.

What parts of my heart are in hiding?
What would it take for me to open those areas to the truths that bring peace?

*The Hebrew for “north” comes from a root meaning “hidden”

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