Saturday 19 December

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

O Radix Jesse

O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples
before you kings will shute their mouths
to you the nations will make their prayer:
Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
(cf. Isaiah 11.10, 45.14, 52.15; Romans 15.12)


Judges 13.2-7, 24-25 | Psalm 24.1-6 | Luke 1.5-25 |

Mosaic of the Nativity (Serbia, Winter 1993)
Jane Kenyon

On the domed ceiling God
is thinking:
I made them my joy,
and everything else I created
I made to bless them.
But see what they do!
I know their hearts
and arguments:

"We're descended from
Cain. Evil is nothing new,
so what does it matter now
if we shell the infirmary,
and the well where the fearful
and rash alike must
come for water?"

God thinks Mary into being.
Suspended at the apogee
of the golden dome,
she curls in a brown pod,
and inside her the mind
of Christ, cloaked in blood,
lodges and begins to grow.


Heavenly Father,
who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the mother of the promised saviour:
fill us your servants with your grace,
that in all things we may embrace your holy will
and with her rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth" Luke 1:26.


Russian icon of the Archangel Gabriel (early 16th century). Rostov-Yaroslavl Architecture and Art Museum.

Henry Purcell. Rejoice in the Lord Alway. Choir of St John's College, Cambridge.

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