Dec 23- O Emmanuel

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist bring it all home

God has always been with us, but the Incarnation radically changed His manner of being “with us.” The most sacred item for the people of the Old Testament was the Ark of the Covenant, which contained several holy objects: the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments, God’s word inscribed by God Himself; a jar of the manna with which God fed them in the desert; and Aaron’s rod, the symbol of his priesthood (Heb. 9:4). From the moment of the Incarnation, when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is called the Ark of the New Covenant, she held within her womb the Word of God in the flesh, who is the true manna in the Most Holy Eucharist, and who is the Eternal High Priest. Emmanuel, “God with us,” loves us with an intensity that is beyond our human comprehension, but we can begin to grasp it when we approach Him in the Blessed Sacrament, and receive Him into ourselves.

O Emmanuel, our King and our Law-giver, Longing of the Gentiles, yea, and salvation thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God!

Pray for the persecuted Christians of Bethlehem

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  • http://catholiceye.blogspot.com/ David H. Lukenbill

    The Dominican Sisters of Mary are a wonderful apostolate who’ve just assumed control of our school at Presentation Parish in Sacramento; for which we are mightily blessed.

    Have a Merry Christmas!

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  • Pat Garland

    Anchoress,
    Thank you for the music you have posted for advent. It has been that special gift I look forward to. I hope an pray that you and your family enjoy a happy and blessed Christmas. Feliz Navidad from Colorado.
    Monsignor-Pat

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