O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law:
come to save us, Lord our God!
Throughout the ages, the Divine Author has woven together history and culture into an enriching and fascinating tapestry that, when studied, shows the Love of our Good God.
One can see the ways in which Fallen Man expressed his yearning for His Maker, and that same Providential God’s ordering of human events in such a way as best served His one aim: Man’s salvation. One sees as well as the lengths He will go to, to show Himself a Loving Lord—coming to us in the manner in which we—as individuals and as a whole—will be most impacted by His Presence.
Rorate, caeli, desuper et nubes pluant justum:
aperiatur terra, et germinet Salvatorem.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just:
let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior.
- Introit: Ember Wednesday in Advent
With a spirit of joy lingering from Gaudate Sunday, the Church turns toward her first Ember Days of the liturgical year, where - with prayer and penance - she eagerly beseeches Heaven to send the promised Savior.
Gaudete in Dominio semper: iterum dico, gaudete.
Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice.
Let your modesty be known to all men: for the Lord is nigh.
Be nothing solicitous: but in everything by prayer
let your petitions be made known to God.
- Introit: Gaudete Sunday
"People of Sion, behold the Lord shall come to save the nations:
and the Lord shall make the glory of His voice
to be heard, in the joy of your heart."
- Introit: Second Sunday of Advent
Advent is a time in which we turn our faces towards Mysteries of Christ’s Hidden Life, beginning with the Nativity. However, to look to the Nativity is to hearken back to the great “Fiat” of Our Lady at the Annunciation, when Our Lord truly came and dwelt among us, hidden in her virginal womb. In Advent, we as Marian Sisters ask Our Lady to form Christ in our hearts; to nourish the life of Christ in our souls so that He may live freely in us and we, as she did, may bring forth the life of Christ in our spiritual children through a complete “Fiat” to the will of God.
"To Thee have I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust,
let me not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me:
for none of them that wait on Thee shall be confounded."
Ad te levavi - Introit for 1st Sunday of Advent
O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster,
exspectatio Gentium, et Salvator earum:
veni ad salvandum nos, Domine, Deus noster.
O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver,
the hope of the nations and their Saviour:
Come and save us, O Lord our God
“Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall call his name Emmanuel.”
Listen to the chanted Antiphon
And he shall judge the Gentiles, and rebuke many people: and they shall turn their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they be exercised any more to war. (Isaiah 2:4)
For behold the day shall come kindled as a furnace: and all the proud, and all that do wickedly shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall set them on fire, says the Lord of hosts, it shall not leave them root, nor branch. But unto you that fear my name, the Sun of justice shall arise, and health in his wings: and you shall go forth, and shall leap like calves of the herd. And you shall tread down the wicked when they shall be ashes under the sole of your feet in the day that I do this, saith the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 4:1-3)