Advent Reflections 2005

Daily reflections for the season of the Advent of our Lord Jesus Christ for 2005.

January 5, 2005 - Christmastide XII

"He shall build a house for my name and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever." (2 Samuel 7:1-16)

January 4, 2006 - Christmastide XI

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law..." (Galatians. 4:1-7)

January 3, 2006 - Christmastide X

"Lord, now let your servant depart in peace, according to your Word." (St. Luke 2:29)

January 2, 2006 - Christmastide IX

"And it happened in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world be registered. This census first took place when Quirinius was governing Syria." (St. Luke 2:1-2)

January 1, 2006 - The Circumcision and Name of Jesus

"And when eight days were finished to circumcise Him, and He was called the name Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb." (St. Luke 2:21)

December 31, 2005 - Eve of the Name of Jesus

"And she will bear a Son, and you will call His name 'Jesus,' for He shall save His people from their sins." (St. Matthew 1:21)

December 30, 2005 - Christmastide VI

"And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you, that the Holy One in your womb will be called the Son of God.'" (St. Luke 1:35)

December 29, 2005 - Christmastide V

"So shall my Word be which goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to me empty but will do what I please and shall prosper for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)

December 28, 2005 - Christmastide IV

"And He remained there until the death of Herod so that that which was spoken by the Lord through the prophets would be fulfilled saying, 'Out of Egypt, I have called My Son.'" (St. Matthew 2:15)

December 27, 2005 - ChristmastDecember 28, 2005 - Christmastide III

"This is the disciple who testifies concerning these things and who wrote these things, and we know that the testimony is true." (St. John 21:24)c

December 26, 2005 - Christmastide II

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often have I wanted to gather your children, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing." (St. Matthew 23:37)

December 25, 2005 - Christmas Day: The Nativity of Our Lord

"And the Word became Flesh and tabernacled among us, and we have beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (St. Matthew 21:1-9)

December 24, 2005 - Christmas Eve

"For there is born to you this in the city of David, a savior, who is Christ the Lord." (St. Luke 2:1-14,16-20)

December 23, 2005 - Friday in the Fourth Week of Advent

"The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD, and all flesh shall bless His holy name." (Psalm 145:18, 21.The Gradual for the Fourth Week of Advent)

December 22, 2005 - Thursday in the Fourth Week of Advent

"And she cried out loudly with a loud voice and said, 'Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?'" (St. Luke 1:42-43)

December 21, 2005 - St. Thomas

"Then He said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here, and see my hands and put your hand here and place it in my side and do not be unbelieving, but believing.'" (St. John 20:24-31)

December 20, 2005 - Tuesday in the Fourth Week of Advent

"Be anxious for nothing, but in all things by prayer and pleas with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God." (Philippians 4:4-7)

December 19, 2005 - Monday in the Fourth Week of Advent

"I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers, and I will give My words in His mouth and He will speak all which I command Him." (Deuteronomy 18:15-18)

December 18, 2005 - The Fourth Sunday in Advent

"He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie." (St. John 1:19-28)

December 17, 2005 - Saturday in the Third Week of Advent

"Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down the Righteous One; Let the earth open her womb, and bring forth Salvation." (Isaiah 45:8.Introit for Rorate coeli)

December 16, 2005 - Friday in the Third Week of Advent

"And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, were filled with eyes on all sides and within and they do not rest day and night saying, 'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is, and is to come.'" (Revelation 4:8)

December 15, 2005 - Thursday in the Third Week of Advent

"Behold, I stand at the door and I knock. If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to Him and dine with Him and he with me." (Revelation 3:20)

December 14, 2005 - Wednesday in the Third Week of Advent

"You who dwell between the cherubim, shine forth! Stir up Your strength and come! Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock." (Psalm 80:1-2--Gradual for the Third Sunday in Advent)

December 13, 2005 - Tuesday in the Third Week of Advent

"Let a man consider us in this way as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God." (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)

December 12, 2005 - Monday in the Third Week of Advent

"'Comfort, O Comfort My people,' says your God." (Isaiah 40:1-8, 9-11)

December 11, 2005 - Third Sunday in Advent

"For this is the one of whom it is written: 'Behold, I will send my messenger before My face, Who will prepare Your way before You.'"  (St. Matthew 11:2-10)

December 10, 2005 - Saturday in the Second Week of Advent

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again will I say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand." (Philippians 4:4-5--the Introit for Gaudete)

December 9, 2005 - Friday in the Second Week of Advent

"See how great the love the Father has given to us, that we would be called children of God, and we are! Therefore the world does not know us because it does not know Him." (1 John 3:1)

December 8, 2005 - Thursday in the Second Week of Advent

"Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth: our God shall come. Gather My saints together unto Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice." (Psalm 50:2.3a, 5)

December 7, 2005 - Wednesday in the Second Week of Advent

"Therefore receive one another, just as also Christ received you to the glory of God." (Romans 15:4-13)

December 6, 2005 - Tuesday in the Second Week of Advent

"For all people walk each in the name of his god, but we walk will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever." (Micah 4:1-7)

December 5, 2005 - Monday in the Second Week of Advent

"But to you who fear My Name the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings." (Malachi 4:1-6)

December 4, 2005 - Second Sunday in Advent

"When these things begin to happen stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near." (St. Luke 21:25-36)

December 3, 2006 - Saturday in the First Week of Advent

"Daughter of Zion, behold, surely your salvation is coming. The LORD will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and you shall have gladness of heart."
(Isaiah 20:29, 30; 62:11--Introit for Populus Zion)

December 2, 2005 - Friday in the First Week of Advent

"But the end of all things is near. Be sensible and sober in your prayers." (1 Peter 4:7)

December 1, 2005 - Thursday in the First Week of Advent

"Corresponding to that, Baptism now saves you, not the removal of filth of the flesh but an appeal of a good conscience to God, through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 3:21)

November 30, 2005 - St. Andrew, the Apostle

"And He said to them, 'Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.'" (St. Matthew 4:19)

November 29, 2005 - Tuesday in the First Week of Advent

"And do this, knowing the time, that already the hour for you to awake from sleep, for our salvation now is nearer than when we believed." (Romans 13:11-14)

November 28 - Monday in the First Week of Advent

“In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will dwell in safety; This is the name by which He will be called: Yahweh our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:5-8)

November 27, 2005 - First Sunday in Advent

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King comes to you, lowly, and sitting on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”
(St. Matthew 21:1-9)