FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT 2019

Dear friends,
Greetings and best wishes to all. The notes today are confined to the fourth Sunday of Advent. Later in the week, the full resources for Christmas and New Year will be made available.

1. Advent programmes (a) Advent Sunday readings: a weekly series on the Sunday readings is being offered in the Pro-Cathedral on WEDNESDAYS at 11.15. The final session is on WEDNESDAY the 18th of December. Mass is available at 10.30 and at 12. 45. (b) All the Advent materials are available are here and you are welcome to use them in your own parish/faith group etc. (c) A new book on the Advent and Christmas readings, "Hearers of the Word," by your correspondent, may be explored below. Never too late to lay hold of it!!

2. By way of reminder...

The message of "God-with-us" is deeply appealing, of course. The how of that being with us is explored in Romans 1:1-7, Paul's longest greeting and surely programmatic for the whole letter to the Romans: the good news about Jesus Christ our Lord who, in the order of the spirit, the spirit of holiness that was in him, was proclaimed Son of God in all his power through his resurrection from the dead. As often noted, Matthew wrote about Jesus' conception and birth in the light of the resurrection and we read the same story also in the light of Easter faith.

3. Sunday 22 December 2019 (Advent 4A19)
Complete notes (PDF) Gospel notes only (audio) Gospel notes only (Portable) 4. The O Antiphons These poetic texts have been set to music by the contemporary Scottish composer, James MacMillan, in his Strathclyde Motets. One of them is called O Radiant Dawn(click on the link to hear it). The text is as follows: O Radiant Dawn, Splendour of eternal Light, Sun of Justice, come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death. Isaiah prophesied, ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.’ Amen.

5. Hearers of the Word

Hearers of the Word. Praying & Exploring the Readings for Advent & Christmas: Year A. The period covered runs from the first Sunday of Advent (01.12.2019) until the Sunday after the Baptism (19.01.2020), including full commentaries on all four sets of readings for Christmas Day.

The book is available from
Messenger Publications. It is also available from Book Depository and from Amazon.co.uk.

Wishing you every blessing for the week ahead,

Kieran

First Sunday of Advent (19A)

Dear friends, 
Greeting and best wishes to all.

1. Advent programmes (a) Advent Sunday readings: a weekly series on the Sunday readings will be offered in the Pro-Cathedral on WEDNESDAYS at 11.15, beginning on WEDNESDAY 27th November. (b) All the Advent materials are available are here and you are welcome to use them in your own parish/faith group etc.  (c) A new book on the Advent and Christmas readings, "Hearers of the Word," may be explored below. Never too late to lay hold of it!! 

2. First Sunday of Advent
The "invitatory" tone of the first reading and Psalm 122 takes us to the heart of Advent: a time of longing, when we feel again the tug of the divine. On my exploration of the Advent readings, special attention is given to the wonderful Psalm

3. Sunday 1 December 2019 (Advent 1A19)
Complete notes (PDF)
Gospel notes only (
audio)
Gospel notes only (
Portable)

4. Some Advent music
JS Bach: organ prelude on "Wake, O wake".

5. Hearers of the Word

Hearers of the Word. Praying & Exploring the Readings for Advent & Christmas: Year A.  The period covered runs from the first Sunday of Advent (01.12.2019) until the Sunday after the Baptism (19.01.2020), including full commentaries on all four sets of readings for Christmas Day. 

The book is available from
Messenger Publications. It is also available from Book Depository and from Amazon.co.uk

Wishing you every blessing for the week ahead,

Kieran


Kieran O'Mahony, OSA

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