Invitatory: “At even, then shall ye know the Lord hath brought you out of bondage: And in the morning, then ye shall see the glory of the Lord.”
Ant. on Benedictus: “The Saviour of the world shall arise like as the dawning of the sun upon the darkened world, even as his coming down into the womb of the Virgin was like as the mist upon the little herbs, alleluia.”
Responsory: “R. Tomorrow or ever the sun be risen, Ye shall have help. Tomorrow or ever the sun be risen, Ye shall have help. V. Saith the Lord God of Hosts. Ye shall have help. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. Tomorrow or ever the sun be risen, Ye shall have help.
V. Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth shall be done away. R, And the Saviour shall reign over us.”
What is more there to say? We have come to the end of our preparations. Once more have we intensified our efforts, one last day we flex our ascetic muscles, one more time … Because the Lord is not “nigh at hand” … He will be here by morning. Once the dark of night breaks we shall see the glory of the Lord. A Child, a simple, flesh and blood baby. This New Born is the Creator and Redeemer of the world.
Words must surely fail us. What a blessing we do not depend on our verbosity but that we can rely on our traditional liturgy and apropriate its words that the reality of which they speak may appropriate us.
Fr. Gregory Wassen