Saturday 22 December

Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.

O Rex Gentium

O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.
(cf Isaiah 28.16; Ephesians 2.14)

Readings (Click the links to see the readings)

1 Samuel 1.24-28 | Song of Hannah (APBA p.429) | Luke 1.46-56

George Mackay Brown

'Toll requiem', said sun to earth,
As the grass got thin.
The star-wheel went, all nails and thorns,
Over mill and kirk and inn.
The old sun died. The widowed earth
Tolled a black bell.
'Our King will return', said root to bone,
To the skeleton tree on the hill.
At midnight, an ox and an ass,
Between lantern and star
Cried, Gloria … Lux in tenebris …
In a wintered byre.


Intimate God,
we yearn for the light of your coming
and the warmth of your embrace;
focus our hearts on the truly important
and keep us centred on that still point, Jesus our Emmanuel,
who is alive with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.
— Bosco Peters


"And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned to her home." Luke 1.56

Fra Angelico. The Visitation, from the Cortona altarpiece, 1434. Museo Diocesano, Cortona.

Max Stern, Hannah's Song of Praise (1 Samuel 2:2-10), — a paroxysm of praise and ecstasy filled with awe, wonder, love, and visceral confidence by a woman, joyous beyond her senses at the birth of a son. Recorded 13 September 1995 at Maisel Synagogue, Prague by Kristyna Valouskova, soprano; Yuri Likin, oboe; and Collegium Music Sacra.

May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.

St Philip's Anglican Church, corner Moorhouse and Macpherson Streets, O'Connor, ACT 2602