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A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Antiphon for Candlemas

Before the glow of this great Feast recedes, there is just one more post I would like to devote to it. The following is a beautiful processional antiphon for today's Feast of the Presentation of the Lord which I believe is by St John Damascene and borrowed from the Greek liturgy. Let us reflect upon it, pray it and contemplate its meaning:

"Adorn your bridal chamber, O Sion, and receive Christ the King. Embrace Mary, who is the gate of heaven, for she bears the King of Glory. The Virgin stands in a cloud of light, bearing her Son in her hands, begotten before the dawn. Simeon takes him in his arms, and proclaims to the people that He is the Lord of life and death, the Saviour of the world."

Right: The Presentation of the Lord as depicted by Fra Angelico. St Peter Martyr, the proto-martyr of the Order of Preachers kneels on the left contemplating the scene with another Dominican saint on the right.


Blogger Moniales said...

We sang this antiphonally to a Dutch tune! It's really quite lovely! You can find it in the SUMMIT CHOIRBOOK!

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