Advent

I was recently grousing about the Advent liturgy at St. John’s. As I thought about it, I figured that rather than being unhappy I should ask Fr. Phil what his thinking was. So I sent him an email.

He replied, and I found out a couple of things. First, the Kyrie, from an orchestral piece by Beethoven, as it turns out, that I thought to be so somber and less appropriate for Advent than for Lent, is not the one we’re using this year. Rather, we’re using the Healey Willan version (below) which I think will be wonderful.

Even better, we’re using Eucharistic Prayer C, which, as I have mentioned, is my favorite. It is the one with the marvelous words:

At your command all things came to be: the vast expanse of
interstellar space, galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,
and this fragile earth, our island home.

It’s also this same Eucharistic Prayer which reminds us, and I do need reminding:

Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength; for pardon only, and not for renewal.

As I said in my response to Fr. Phil’s email, “I’m there!”



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