Since the Eighth Century the Church has been using a set of prayers or antiphons to countdown the arrival of Christ at Christmas. Based on Old Testament prophecies and names for the Messiah, these prayers incorporate some of the most beautiful imagery and meaningful theology in our Christian heritage. According to the Latin addresses that start each prayer, these antiphons, whether deliberately or incidentally, form a backwards acrostic--a message given when the first letter of each title is taken. The titles for Jesus are: O Wisdom (Sapientia); O Lord (Adonai); O Root of Jesse (Radix Iesse); O Key of David (Clavis David); O Dayspring (Oriens); O King of the nations (Rex Gentium); and O God with Us (Emmanuel). Backwards these letters spell ERO CRAS Latin for Tomorrow, I will come. As we await with joy and anticipation the coming of our Lord in the flesh; in word, water, and meal; at ultimately as King and Judge, we long for the day when "tomorrow" dawns. Until that day we join the church in praying, "Come quickly Lord Jesus!"
Join us for our midweek Advent worship!
Services held at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm with light dinner preceding the evening service.