Sunday, December 19, 2010

As morning dawns...

Your light will come, Jerusalem. The Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty.
~Responsory, Morning Prayer, December 19th

I just love the Divine Office for the last days of Advent (the beloved O Antiphons): It's as if the whole Church had that child's squeal of anticipation, "He's coming, he's coming, he's coming!"

Have a blessed last week of preparation.


Melanie B said...

I agree. It always becomes a bit easier to pray the office in the last week before Christmas. So very much like a child squealing! A great image.

Though I always do struggle during the Octave of Christmas because the psalms are the same every day. Intellectually I get it. It's cool that every day is the same because Christmas is too big a feast to be just one day. But I get bored.

Erika said...

I'm so glad you said that. I get really bored about 4 days into the Christmas and Easter Octaves. At least it makes the return to ordinariness more welcome!

Melanie B said...

Glad I'm not the only one. Maybe it would be different if one were chanting them in choir?

Dane said...

Happy Advent Melanie and Erika!

I'm the producer of Divine Office and I am about to publish the offices for the Christmas Octave so I must ask if there is anything you would recommend to "kick up" these days and make them less "boring".

You might want to leave some of your suggestions on our Facebook page,, so that others can chime in.