Veni Veni Emmanuel

Saturday, December 5, AD 2015



Something for the weekend before Christmas.  Veni, Veni Emmanuel.  The words of this magnificent hymn are from the 9th century and the melody is from 15th century France.  It is more familiar these days in its English translation.  Below is a powerful version that has great meaning for me.  After the death of my son Larry on Pentecost Sunday 2013 I found it of immense comfort.  Christ is Our Way, Our Truth and Our Everlasting Life.


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  • Dad was bedridden for the last weeks in November of 2013. I would kneel at his bedside and sing hymn’s from his red Christian Prayers booklet. In the back of the booklet forty or so hymn’s were ready for the novice or well seasoned singer. Fitting the former class of singer I gently sang to him.
    He was paralyzed on his right side and couldn’t speak, due to a third stroke he suffered. He smiled the best he could as I sang many hymn’s. Oh Come Emmanuel was one of his favorite’s. Mine too. Forever I will hold dear these last days of his life within my heart. I did give him what I could…song for the journey. He died on Dec. 4th 2013…yesterday and two years.

  • O come, Adonai, Lord of might,
    Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
    In ancient times didst give the law
    In cloud and majesty and awe.

    How can priests and theologians spend their minds in denial, taking so many away from the Lord of might to enter Satan’s tyranny?

    As they hear these beautiful words year after year …

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Messianic Prophecies: Wisdom 2: 12-20

Saturday, November 26, AD 2011




Something for the weekend.  O Come, O Come Emmanuel.  We start Advent tomorrow, and my thoughts have been turning to the many messianic prophecies in the Old Testament that are applicable to Christ.  I do not think there is adequate treatment in contemporary catechesis of the remarkable string of prophecies in the Old Testament that find their completion in Christ.  All Catholics need to be familiar with these prophecies, for they are an anchor for our Faith.  One example is Wisdom 2:12-20:

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