“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.” Luke 12:13-21
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
Lauda Sion Salvatorem
Lo! the angel's food is given
To the pilgrim who has striven;
see the children's bread from heaven,
which on dogs may not be spent.
Truth the ancient types fulfilling,
Isaac bound, a victim willing,
Paschal lamb, its lifeblood spilling,
manna to the fathers sent.
Very bread, good shepherd, tend us,
Jesu, of your love befriend us,
You refresh us, you defend us,
Your eternal goodness send us
In the land of life to see.
You who all things can and know,
Who on earth such food bestow,
Grant us with your saints, though lowest,
Where the heav'nly feast you show,
Fellow heirs and guests to be. Amen. Alleluia.
About the Lauda Sion Salvatorem:
It was written by Saint Thomas Aquinas for the feast day commonly called Corpus Christi, or The Commemoration or Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
To be used as the day's Sequence, the hymn summons the Church (herein called Sion) to the adoration of the Eucharist.
It contains Aquinas' doctrinal exposition of the Sacrament, and closely follows that doctrine as contained in his work, Summa Theologica.
"Everyone who is guided by the Holy Spirit is a child of God.
We have been adopted by God...And if we are God's children, we will have eternal life like Jesus who is God's Son." Romans 8:14-17
On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,“Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained.” Jn 20:19-23
Bless us Lord this Christmas with PEACE that surpasses all understanding, JOY that is beyond material possessions, LOVE that knows no boundaries, and STRENGTH that emanates from faith in You.
Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
Sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
O daughter Jerusalem!
The LORD has removed the judgment against you
he has turned away your enemies;
the King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
he will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals. Zep 3:14-18A
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
"Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God."
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