THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

 

Dear Parishioners

I love the season of Advent with its focus on the extraordinary fact of God coming into our world. The Scripture readings in particular speak about God's closeness to us and the language, especially that of the prophet Isaiah, is vivid, poetic and dramatic.

17 December is something of a landmark in Advent. From now on the liturgy speaks more specifically about the coming of Jesus into the world, and the build up to the celebration of Christmas is all the more evident. In particular we have the special verses known as the 'O Antiphons' which are sung at Evening Prayer (Vespers) and in the Alleluia verses at Mass from the 17th to the 23rd. These antiphons are set to simple, beautiful music and follow the same pattern of notation.

This is the first antiphon: O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end of the earth to the other, strongly and graciously ordering all things, Come and teach us the way of prudence. The Latin for 'O Wisdom' is 'O Sapientia'. The other antiphons follow on successive days: O Adonai - O God - ... come and with your great power redeem us; O Radix Jesse - O Root of Jesse - ... come, deliver us, do not delay; O Clavis David - O Key of David - ... Come, lead the captive from prison and those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death; O Oriens - O Morning Star - ... Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death; O Rex Gentium - O King of the peoples - ... come, save your people, made from the dust of the earth; and on 23 December - O Emmanuel, King and Lawgiver, Saviour of the Peoples, awaited by them throughout the ages, Come and save us, Lord our God.

Godric OSB

Wanted!

For a number of years, it has been our custom to offer a small white garment to children and infants at their baptism. They are simple, white stoles, mini versions of the stoles which priests and deacons wear when officiating. We need more people to help make these stoles so if you can offer your services please contact St Anne's parish office. Many thanks. BGT

Live Simply - Grow a Garden

The Scouts have begun to turn a plot of derelict land at the side of the Parish Centre into a garden. The plot is all enclosed - a walled garden that can be seen from the windows of the lounge - and full of sun. Click here for further information.

 

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St Anne's Priory
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