Saturday, November 22, 2014

St. Dominic Church in DC Hosts Advent Stations

The Dominican Parish of St. Dominic in Washington, DC is having its first annual Advent Stations on Saturday, December 13, at 7:00pm. Similar to an evening of lessons and carols, the night of Advent Stations will include both songs and scriptural readings relevant to Christ’s coming.

Br. Athanasius Murphy, OP, who is helping initiate this seasonal celebration, commented on the event: “This is one attempt to help Christians participate in the Church’s celebration of the Lord’s coming at a local level. We hope the night helps to prepare those coming for their celebration of Christmas.”

The setting of the Advent Stations will be in a dark church with many candles near the sanctuary. Readings and short preaching will alternate with hymns, chant, and polyphony music traditional to the Advent season. The night will conclude with a candlelit procession to a Marian altar in the church to venerate a piece of the original manger of Christ’s nativity in Bethlehem.

For a night of light
With wax candles all burning
For types and figures of Christ
Worth their lessons in learning

Come to St. Dominic's
On the thirteenth of December
To hear songs and short readings
That tie the Season together

If you will be in the DC area on the 13th, don't miss the opportunity to prepare for Christmas with the Dominicans...

Here is a sneak preview of one of the "O" antiphons that will be used: