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Images of Advent

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The weekday lectionary during strong seasons does not change from year to year. Changes occur when the Sanctoral (the book of the celebration of the Saints) overlaps with the liturgical season’s daily schedule. For this year’s first week of Advent, the feast of St. Andrew overlapped Monday Week I. The rest of the week is the same as in last year. Instead of adding new materials this year, I’ll just indicate the links to last year’s reflection and fill in those days where I was not able to write anything.

Below are the blogs from last year about the Mass readings for today until Friday. Our Advent images for this week revolve around the mountain of the Lord which will become a place of peace and harmony, of fulness of life, of security and of God’s presence.

Isaiah 11:1-10
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1And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root.
2And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness.
3And he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears.
4But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: land he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
5And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins.
6The wolf shall dwell with the lamb: and the leopard shall lie down with the kid: the calf and the lion, and the sheep shall abide together, and a little child shall lead them.
7The calf and the bear shall feed: their young ones shall rest together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp: and the weaned child shall thrust his hand into the den of the basilisk.
9They shall not hurt, nor shall they kill in all my holy mountain, for the earth is filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the covering waters of the sea.
10In that day the root of Jesse, who standeth for an ensign of the people, him the Gentiles shall beseech, and his sepulchre shall be glorious.
Isaiah 25:6-10
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6And the Lord of hosts shall make unto all people in this mountain, a feast of fat things, a feast of wine, of fat things full of marrow, of wine purified from the lees.
7And he shall destroy in this mountain the face of the bond with which all people were tied, and the web that he began over all nations.
8He shall cast death down headlong for ever: and the Lord God shall wipe away tears from every face, and the reproach of his people he shall take away from off the whole earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
9And they shall say in that day: Lo, this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord, we have patiently waited for him, we shall rejoice and be joyfull in his salvation.
10For the hand of the Lord shall rest in this mountain: and Moab shall be trodden down under him, as straw is broken in pieces with the wain.
Isaiah 26:1-6
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1In that day shall this canticle be sung the land of Juda. Sion the city of our strength a saviour, a wall and a bulwark shall be set therein.
2Open ye the gates, and let the just nation, that keepeth the truth, enter in.
3The old error is passed away: thou wilt keep peace: peace, because we have hoped in thee.
4You have hoped in the Lord for evermore, in the Lord God mighty for ever.
5For he shall bring down them that dwell on high, the high city he shall lay low. He shall bring it down even to the ground, he shall pull it down even to the dust.
6The foot shall tread it down, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.

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