Thursday, December 19th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10am-12:30pm.
Please stay tuned for a post listing all of our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services in Sault Ste Marie and area.
For Your Devotions:
Although there are no people listed on our calendar of observances this week, there are a couple of things you may want to know…
The Advent Ember Days are Wednesday, Dec.18th, Friday, Dec.20th, and Saturday, Dec.21st. What are Ember Days? These are the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of certain weeks through the Christian year – traditionally at the turn of the four seasons (so…during the 3rd week of Advent, the week of the first Sunday in Lent, the week after the Day of Pentecost, and the week after Holy Cross Day). According to McCausland’s Order of Divine Service, these are days on which the church engages “in intentional and deep prayer for its whole ministry: for the mission of the Church, for the ministry of the Church, for peace, and for the unity of the Church.”
The Ancient Advent Antiphons are used during the final week leading up to Christmas Eve (so from Dec.17 through until Dec.23). These are called the “O Antiphons” – because they all start with “O” – and are said or sung before and after the Magnificat at evening prayer on these days.The McCausland‘s says, “They are addressed to God, calling for him to come as teacher and deliverer, with a tapestry of scriptural titles and pictures that describe his saving work in Christ.” We know that these were in use by the 700’s A.D. but we don’t know who wrote them or when. Here they are for your use (P.S. much of these will seem familiar if you’ve been using the litany for Advent on p.119 of the BAS for the Intercessions and Thanksgivings):
Tuesday, December 17th: O Sapientia: O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end to the other mightily, and sweetly ordering all things: Come and teach us the way of prudence.
Wednesday, December 18th: O Adonai: O Sovereign Lord, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.
Thursday, December 19th: O Radix Jesse: O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
Friday, December 20th: O Clavis David: O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Saturday, December 21st: O Oriens: O Morning Star, splendour of light eternal and sun of righteousness: Come and enlighten those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Sunday, December 22nd: O Rex Gentium: O King of the nations, and their desire, the cornerstone making both one: Come and save the human race, which you fashioned from clay.
Monday, December 23rd: O Emmanuel: O Emmanuel, our King and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Saviour: Come and save us, O Lord our God.