The Ancient Prayer

Greetings on this Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Readings: 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd; Lk 1:46-56
Notes: The stories of Adam and Eve, Hagar and Ishmael, Sari and Abraham, Manoah and Samson, Hannah and Samuel present to us a recurring theme of the Lord’s intercession for the wellbeing of women and through them the wellbeing of all peoples.

In her bitterness she prayed to the LORD, weeping freely (1 Sam 1:10).
For the LORD has heeded your affliction (Gen 16:11).

Adam again had intercourse with his wife, and she gave birth to a son whom she called Seth. “God has granted me another offspring in place of Abel,” she said, “because Cain killed him.” To Seth, in turn, a son was born, and he named him Enosh. At that time people began to invoke the LORD by name (Gen 4:25-26).

Is it any wonder then the Lord God decided to hear the deepest prayers of humanity from of ancient times to bring a Son who will set them free through a woman, righteous and sinless?

At that time people began to invoke the LORD by name (Gen 4:26b).

First reading
Hannah Presents Samuel to the Lord.

Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said: “Pardon, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” She left Samuel there.

Hannah’s Song (https://bible.usccb.org/bible/1samuel/2?1) is the basis for the responsorial.

And Hannah prayed.

  • Manoah was supportive (Samson).
  • Elkanah was supportive (Samuel).

Righteousness.

Responsorial (from Samuel)
My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

Alleluia Verse
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

Gospel Portion
The Canticle of Mary.

We pray the canticle of Mary every evening.

See in particular the O Antiphones the seven days before Christmas: https://deacongerrypalermo.blog/2021/12/17/o-antiphons-2021/

December 22
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!

Reflection: We are dust and to dust we shall return. But not just dust. Breath. Rûaħ. You, O God, have made this dust with your own breath. Save your breath so closely knitted and integrated within us as Emmanuel is knitted within Mary.

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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