O Emmanuel : God With Us

O Emmanuel : God With Us


O Emmanuel : God With Us

December 23   READER O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of All Nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God. PREACHER Is there anyone here whose life has left him afraid to hope, afraid to dream, afraid to wish for anything? Is there anyone here whose Christmas list is ..

O Rex Gentium : O King of Nations

O Rex Gentium : O King of Nations


O Rex Gentium : O King of Nations

    December 22     READER O King of the Nations, the Ruler they long for, the Cornerstone uniting all people: Come and save mankind whom You formed out of clay.   PREACHER Is there anyone here who feels that she has never, in all her life, had a firm foundation? Who feels that ..

O Oriens : O Dayspring

O Oriens : O Dayspring


O Oriens : O Dayspring

December 21     READER O Dayspring, Splendor of Light Everlasting and Sun of Righteousness: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.   PREACHER Is there anyone here  who thought he could hide his wickedness in the darkness but now realizes that the darkness possesses him? And even ..

O Clavis David : O Key of David

O Clavis David : O Key of David


O Clavis David : O Key of David

December 20   READER O Key of David and Scepter of the House of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open: Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and the shadow of death.   PREACHER Is there anyone here who feels that he has been ..

O Radix Iesse : O Root of Jesse

O Radix Iesse : O Root of Jesse


O Radix Iesse : O Root of Jesse

December 19   READER O Root of Jesse, standing as an ensign before the peoples, before Whom all kings are mute, to Whom the nations will do homage: Come to deliver us, and delay not.   PREACHER Is there anyone here who feels that she simply has no life left in her? Is there anyone ..

Veni, Veni: The Great O Antiphons

Veni, Veni: The Great O Antiphons


Veni, Veni: The Great O Antiphons

Today in chapel we had a service that prayed, preached, and sung the O Antiphons of Advent.  Traditionally, the O Antiphons were sung consecutively beginning on December 17 and ending on December 23.  For our students, we experienced them all at once, but for you our readers, we offer them one at a time (albeit ..


Advent 3 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 • December 14, 2014


Advent 3 • 1 Thessalonians 5:16–24 • December 14, 2014

By Jeff Gibbs It would be tempting to regard this text, a series of short imperative clauses, as a random series of “inspired one-liners” that exhort the Thessalonian believers (and us) to general Christian behaviors and attitudes. To be sure, there’s some truth in such a description, for there is no complex argument involved and the hardest structural ..