19th December – O Radix Jesse!

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We’ve arrived at the Fourth Sunday of Advent and our liturgical focus is on two key people in Jesus’ family tree.

In today’s gospel we hear these familiar joy-filled words from Elizabeth as her cousin Mary of Nazareth arrives for a months long visit:

“Blessed are you among women, 

and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And how does this happen to me, 

that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, 

the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

Blessed are you who believed

that what was spoken to you by the Lord

would be fulfilled.”

https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/121921.cfm

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Today’s O Antiphon, prayed by the Church at dusk Vespers prayer, focuses on the father of David.

The image of the “Root of Jesse” comes from the Prophet Isaiah at the start of chapter 11:

A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;

    from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Isaiah 11:1

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If you’ve not yet prayed with the tradition of The Jesse Tree, perhaps these last days before Christmas is a good time to do so.

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For today’s Advent (Not Yet Christmas) carols, we sing two – each with a notably different vibe.

First, in honor of today’s gospel celebrating the Mother of God, we have one of the most beautiful songs/prayers of the season:

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And, as we are less than a week until Christmas, many congregations sang this joyful hymn today:

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