Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Eve at Our Saviour

Luminarias - lots of them. They were at the entrance to the parking lot, down the center of the parking lot, and lining the sidewalks leading to the church. Next year: youngsters to bend over and light them!

A side view of the chancel

The nacimiento before the arrival of the Baby Jesus

We sang nine hymns (with alto harmony), had frankincense, real bread, and new visitors who found us with Google. It was a lovely time of worship and fellowship.

A very blessed Christmas (all twelve days of it) to one and all!

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist

The First Eucharist of Christmas will be celebrated at Our Saviour on Thursday, 24 December, at 11:00 p.m.

The entry will be lined with luminarias (God willing and winds behaving). We will sing lots of Christmas hymns, Eucharistic Prayer D will be chanted, frankincense will be offered, and we will close singing Silent Night before the crêche.

Come join us as we celebrate the mystery of the Incarnation!

There will be no service on Friday, Christmas Day. Holy Eucharist as usual on Sunday, December 27, at 11 a.m.

Our Saviour is at 2805 Don Felípe Road SW, Albuquerque 87105.

From the West Side: From the intersection of New Coors and Central go
south on Coors for 5.7 miles to Don Felípe Road SW. Turn left (East)
and go 0.2 miles. The mission, a small white building, will be on your
left (North).

From the East Side: From the Rio Bravo exit on I-25 go downhill (West)
2.5 miles to Isleta Blvd SW. Turn left (South) and go another 2.5
miles to Don Felípe Road SW. Turn right (West) and go 1.3 miles. The
mission, a small white building, will be on your right (North).

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Advent 3

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

This Sunday takes its traditional name - Gaudete Sunday - from the first word of the introit in the proper of the Latin Mass. The introit comes from the Epistle lesson appointed now for Advent 3 in Year C.
Philippians 4:4-6
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Its use in Advent springs from the words "The Lord is near."

You may hear the ancient Gregorian Introit sung (twice) on this YouTube video.

Even as John the Baptist calls us to turn our lives around and get right with God and one another, we rejoice for we are being called back to life and the Giver of life.

May you rejoice in the Lord. Always.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Eve of Advent 2

"In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us."

Advent wreath. Sarum blue. A new year of grace.

Thanks to Sue Ellen and Brett who came to Our Saviour this morning to consult on what can be done with sacred space, sharing their experience in liturgical arts with us.

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.