Advent 2 – The Fire of Judgment

The Fire of Judgment, the second in my new series of Homilies linked from the Podcast Homilies page at is now available.  Continuing in the themes from the Advent Wreath Ceremony which I used at my former parish and which is included in the AIC Bookstore publication, Occasional Services for Anglican Worship, the episode includes quotations from Exodus 3:2; Psalms 97:3 and 104:4; Malachi 3:2; Acts 2:2,3; Luke 12:49; Hebrews 12:29.   The closing prayer was adapted from a Coptic Orthodox Church liturgy of St. John Chrysostom:

O Lord our God, the God who loveth mankind and who by thy divine will makes us worthy to enter thy holy sanctuary: render us worthy in the faith to read thy word which is suitable for thy service; send us the Light of thy glory upon us, that Light which destroys all unclean and wicked thought and sinful acts; send us the grace of thy Holy Spirit, that Fire which destroys the wicked mind and burns up sin; through thy only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Listen to the Podcast

In other news, I’ve almost finished the seven episodes of The Great “O” Antiphons, which will appear daily from 12/18 to 12/24 on our You Tube channel.   All that is needed is to record some other voices for the responses to each day’s closing Antiphon.  If you could like to participate and have your voice added to the recording, please call (804) 306-1190 (the AIC cell phone) and record the responses, which are displayed in bold type).  Leave a couple of seconds between the responses:

First Antiphon – December 18th  O come and show us the way of prudence.
Second Antiphon – December 19th  O come and redeem us with an outstretched arm
Third Antiphon – December 20th  O come and deliver us, and tarry not
Fourth Antiphon – December 21st  Come, and bring the prisoners out of the prison house, them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death
Fifth Antiphon – December 22nd  O come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death
Sixth Antiphon – December 23rd  O come and save mankind whom thou formedst of clay
Seventh Antiphon – December 24th  O come and save us, O Lord our God

Christmas Eve December 24th –  Verses and Responses
Part One  The Blessing
Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, O Lord, and I shall be clean; thou
shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.
Have mercy on us, O God, according to thy great mercy.
O Lord, hear our prayers.
And let our cry come unto thee.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.

Part Two – The Christmas Eve Closing Antiphons
Today shall ye know that the Lord will come and deliver you.
And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord.
Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth shall be done away.
And the Saviour of the world shall reign over us.
The Lord cometh; go ye out to meet him, and say ye: Great is his dominion,
and of his kingdom there shall be no ending.
The mighty God, the Ruler, the Prince of Peace.
All saying: Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks in advance for your help.  May God bless you in all that you do in His Name.!  Amen.

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Fr. Shibley is a retired Anglican clergyman who produces unique videos, podcasts and books explaining traditional Christian theology from an Anglican perspective. All materials are in layman's language with a minimum of technical or theological terms. All are available either free or at reasonable cost. The AIC Bookstore now includes 17 publications.

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