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on holy innocents: King Herod and Uncle Sam

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Today the church remembers and honors the Holy Innocents: the male toddlers slaughtered by King Herod in his attempt to kill Jesus, the newborn king who threatened Herod politically (or so he thought) by his mere existence.

As recorded by St. Matthew:

Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, . . .

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December 28, 2017

"O Emmanuel..."

advent antiphons

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Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son,
and shall call His name Immanuel.
-- Isaiah 7.14 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Emmanuel, our king
and our lawgiver,
the anointed of the nations
and their . . .

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December 23, 2017

"O King of the Nations..."

advent antiphons

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He shall judge between the nations,
And rebuke many people;
They shall beat their swords into plowshares,
And their spears into pruning hooks;
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
Neither shall they learn war anymore...
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
. . .

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December 22, 2017

"O Dayspring..."

advent antiphons

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The people who walked in darkness
Have seen a great light;
Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death,
Upon them a light has shined.
-- Isaiah 9.2 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Dayspring,
splendor of light everlasting:
Come and enlighten those
who . . .

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December 21, 2017

"O Key of David..."

advent antiphons

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The key of the house of David
I will lay on his shoulder;
So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
And he shall shut, and no one shall open.
-- Isaiah 22.22 (NKJV)

Today we pray for Christ's coming:

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel,
you open and no one else . . .

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December 20, 2017

"O Root of Jesse..."

advent antiphons

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There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots...
“And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
And His resting place shall be glorious.”
-- Isaiah 11.1, 11 (NKJV)

. . .

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December 19, 2017

"O Adonai..."

advent antiphons

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But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
And faithfulness the belt of His waist...
For the . . .

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December 18, 2017

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