Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Advent Calendar: Roman Gate 2

Gates, lift high your heads,
raise high the ancient gateways,
and the king of glory shall enter.
Psalm 24: 7 (New Jerusalem Bible)

Rear courtyard gate and fountain of the Palazzo delle Rovere. The palazzo was originally built in the 15th century. Since 1943, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has had their headquarters in one wing of the palazzo. (These Knights trace their origins to the First Crusade in the 11th century.) Since 1950, the Columbus Hotel has also occupied part of the palazzo.

Introit: Advent One
Father in heaven,
our hearts desire the warmth of your love
and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Savior
and give us the strength to grow in love,
that the dawn of his coming
may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

From the Companion Missal

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