"It's the End of the [Year] As We Know it!"

As we loosen up our belts just a bit after our Thanksgiving celebration[s] to make our way to Church this weekend, we will be engaged in the 'crowing' celebration of our liturgical year: The Feast of Christ the King. After that year-ending celebration, we will move into the Advent Season -- our preparation for not only Christmas (remembering when Christ came long ago), but the vigilance of the promise that Christ will come again. But before that happens, we give pause to celebrate one last feast of blessing within the 2007 Liturgical Year:

Father, all powerful and everliving God,
you do well always and everywhere to give you thanks.
You anointed Jesus Christ, your only Son,
with the oil of gladness,
as the Eternal Priest and Universal King.

As priest he offered his life on the altar of the cross
and redeemed the human race
by this one perfect sacrifice of peace.

As king he claims dominion over all creation,
that he may present to you, his Almighty Father,
an eternal and universal kingdom:
a kingdom of truth and life,
a kingdom of holiness and grace,
a kingdom of justice, love and peace.

And so with all the choirs of angels in heaven
we proclaim your glory
and join in their unending hymn of praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


Katie C. said...

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving! We will be up at SNC for the Santa Breakfast on Dec.1st--maybe we will see you?? And if you don't let us know what "Operation Greenlight" is we will just drop Mary off at the Priory and have you babysit the rest of the weekend. So hide anything breakable. We will call that "Operation Hurricane Mary". Hope you know I am kidding--I know how busy you are--I am sure we will catch up in due time. Love,
Katie C.

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