Thursday, December 14, 2017

Advent 2017: December 14

Rorate caeli desuper, et nubes, pulan justum,
Aperiatur terra, et germinate Salvatorem.

Rain down your dew, you heavens,
and you clouds, rain down the just one.
Earth, be opened,
and give birth to the Savior.

--Monastic Liturgy

Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.

2 Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.

3 Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.

4 Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

5 Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?

6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord, and grant us thy salvation.

8 I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.

9 Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

11 Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.

12 Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

Psalm 85, KJV

Master of the universe, know that the children of Israel are suffering too much; they deserve redemption, they need it.  But if, for reasons unknown to me, you are not willing, not yet, then redeem all the other nations, but do it soon!

--Hasidic tale told by Elie Wiesel

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