Thursday, December 22, 2011

O Rex Gentium - Advent Gathering of Bishops - Collect of the Day

December 22 - O Rex Gentium

O King of the Nations, you alone can fulfil their desires: cornerstone, binding all together: come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust of the earth. Amen.

Come, Lord Jesus.

O Rex Gentium,
et desideratus earum,
lapisque angularis,
qui facis utraque unum:
veni, et salva hominem,
quem de limo formasti.

[Texts: Jeremiah 30.7-11a; Revelation 15:3; Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 28:16; Matthew 21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; Acts 4:11; Ephesians 2:20; 1 Peter 2:6]

O come, desire of nations! Show
thy kingly reign on earth below;
thou cornerstone, uniting all, restore the ruin of our fall.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

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Three Archbishops of Ottawa watched over by Mgr Guigues

Each year in Advent, one of four bishops (the Nuncio, the Archbishops of Gatineau and Ottawa and the Military Ordinary) hosts the others and the retired bishops for a dinner.  This year it was my turn. 

Some photos of the participants.

The Military Ordinary and the Apostolic Nuncio

Archbishops Emeriti

A Duo from Gatineau

The Timmins "Connection" and a Montfortian

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O God, who, seeing the human race fallen into death, willed to redeem it by the coming of your Only Begotten Son, grant, we pray, that those who confess his Incarnation with humble fervour may merit his company as their Redeemer. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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