WEEK OF ADVENT I
Commemoration of John of Damascus
John of Damascus (sometimes called John Damascene), theologian and hymn writer, was born about 675 and grew up in wealth and luxury. When he was forty years of age he became a monk at the famous monastery of Mar Saba in the mountain wilderness between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. Ten years later he was ordained a priest. He wrote in defense of the use of icons, the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and the veneration of the Virgin Mary. He is highly regarded in the Eastern Churches as the last of its fathers. He is best known to many as the author of Easter hymns that are still sung. “Come, you faithful, raise the strain of triumphant gladness” (132) and “The day of resurrection” (141) are in the LBW. John of Damascus died about 760.
In the name of the Father, (+) and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In the morning: Psalm 107
In the evening: Psalm 141
Read hymn “Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding”
One or more of the following lessons:
In the morning: Benedictus Dominus Deus
In the evening: Magnificat
Prayer of the Day
Stir up your power, O Lord, and come; that by your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by your mighty deliverance; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Confirm our minds, O Lord, in the mysteries of the true faith, set forth with power by your servant John of Damascus; that we, with him, confessing Jesus to be true God and true Man, and singing the praises of the risen Lord, may, by the power of the resurrection, attain to eternal joy; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Pray for all in civil authority
For the leaders of the nations of the world
For respect for the land and the conservation of natural resources
For protection against the perils of abundance
For peace among the nations
For the government of the United States, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Pittsburgh
For artists who adorn churches and write icons
For a proper appreciation of art and outward beauty as a gift from God
For the Church in Syria
For those who teach the Church through hymns and song
The Lord almighty bless (+) us, and direct our days and our deeds in his peace.