Monday, December 15, 2008

Advent Week 3

Saturday was the Feast of St. Lucy, an early church martyr. During the Middle Ages people suffering from eye trouble began praying to Lucy because her name is derived from lux (light). Festivals of light that include a girl with a crown of candles and a young man representing Star Boy are still held in Scandinavian countries today.

Somewhat miraculously, here in Erie, our normal winter grey cloud cover lifted on Saturday and we had hours of bright, bright sunlight. I happened by chapel around 10:30 am and got this unusual photo of all eight south wall windows reflected on the ceramic walls and the floor. Thank you, Lucy!

The "O Antiphons" begin this week. They appear at Vespers in the Liturgy of the Hours December 17-23 and are online here. They are sung by our sisters to words and music by our Sr. Mary David Callahan. Sister Mary David was a composer/musician who wrote all the accompaniments for the music that came out of Weston Priory in the 70s and 80s--along with much of the music we sing today.

Dec. 17
O Wisdom, flowing from the mouth of the Most High; reaching far and wide, disposing of all things sweetly and mightily. Come teach us the way of prudence.

I'm sure we all have our favorite stained glass window of the 20 or so throughout the Mount: mine's this one--the smallest one on chapel's south side.

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