Taste and See: Love revealed

Rosary Triptych, Arthur Fleischman. (c) 2011, Allen Morris

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Collect for the 4th Sunday of Advent

Postings on this blog will recommence on Wednesday, 26th December.

A happy and holy Christmas to you and to all whom you carry in your heart.

Taste and See: We’re in…

p1010251-annunciationPour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Collect for 4th Sunday of Advent

The Collect at Mass yesterday is one of hte most familiar of the series of opening prayers used at Mass, because of its use also in the Rosary.

When we pray the Rosary we contemplate Mysteries of the life of Mary and Jesus. In the prayer we place ourselves alongside Mary and Jesus and the others whose history is preserved in the Gospels and in the Rosary. The Incarnation was made known not only to Mary but to us, and the Passion, Cross and Resurrection were not events in Jesus life only, but events in whcih we share and hope to share.

  • In what way(s) are you aware of receiving God’s grace in recent days?
  • For what – in the days to come – do you need God’s grace.
  • Maybe in the coming days you can share a praying of the Rosary with family or friends… perhaps focussing on the Joyful Mysteries of the Annunciation and Visitation and Nativity…

Annunciation, Rosary Way. Aylesford Priory. (c) 2012, Allen Morris

Taste and See: Looking forward

Annunciation Fleischmann

The Collect for Mass yesterday is familiar as a Prayer used also in praying the Rosary.

It also reminds how Advent/Christmas finds its fullest meaning, and reveals its deepest truth in the mysteries also of Holy Week and Easter.

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son
was made known by the message of an Angel,
may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Artists have regularly introduced themes of the Passion (at least) into their depictions of the Bethlehem story.

  • Where/how do they feature also in our Christmas devotions and prayer?

In 2016 Lent/Easter follow quickly on the heels of this year’s Advent/Christmas.

It is not too early for us to be thinking what we want to carry from our 2015 experiences into Lent/Easter for our own spiritual development and that of our parishes and communities.

In the days of Christmas and in the days that follow, how do we wish to live out our ‘Yes’ to the Lord?

What resources might we draw on to help our wishes to come to pass.

The Annunication -detail of the Rosary Triptych. Arthur Fleischmann. (c) 2013, Allen Morris

The first Joyful Mystery

Annunciation

Praying the Rosary in October

MYSTERY: the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38)  Mary 2B Mother of Jesus? INTENTION: Pray 4 all mothers & unborn children

Image from the Rosary Stations, Hill of Apparitions, Medjugorje. (c) 2014, Allen Morris