FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT
The day of Christ draws near: let us cleanse ourselves,
and bring forth the fruits of righteousness-
to the glory and praise of God. (1st Nocturn Office of Vigils)
Not only is it the beginning of a new liturgical year for the Church: Year C, Week 1, here at Genesee it is also the beginning of another sort: the first installment of all new choir books for the community. Our energetic and no nonsense liturgical musician friend and mentor, Bill Bertolas, has been working diligently for well over a year now preparing new music and arrangements to simplify and better organize our celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. One of the challenges of having a rich and fulsome liturgy is the need for a variety of books for the various seasons and feasts as they come along throughout the year.
Bill has done a great job in organizing and simplifying the chant and books while preserving the richness of the liturgy. A worthy addition to our newly renovated church. He has been with us all week helping us become familiar with them and putting us through the paces of proper singing of English Gregorian chant.
Tuesday, December 8th will be the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Patronal Feast of the United States and a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will be at 9:30 AM.
If you want some idea who he is, you must draw nearer to him. To look from a distance is to risk being deceived. It is the spirit that perceives him and the heart that sees him. What sort of heart? “blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God” (Mt. 5:8).
You must draw nearer to him by becoming like him. You will feel his presence to the extent that love grows in you, because God is Love.
Then you will not be able to do anything but praise him. And if you make a joyful noise to the Lord, you will understand the joyful noise that all the lands make to him.
Commentary on Ps. 99