Cusp-a point of transition, as from one historical period to the next;
the borders between the twelve astrological signs.
You are considered to be "on the cusp" if you were born
within a day or two of the beginning or end of any sign.

The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863; Albert Bierstadt

20 December 2010

Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Readings of the Day

In the sixth month,

the angel Gabriel was sent from God

to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,

to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,

of the house of David,

and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And coming to her, he said,

“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”

Annunciation (Russian Icon of Ustyug)

God of love and mercy, help us to follow the example of Mary,
always ready to do your will.
At the message of an angel
she welcomed your eternal Son
and, filled with the light of your Spirit,
she became the temple of your Word,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
oneGod, for ever and ever.

O Key of David,

O royal Power of Israel
controlling at your will
the gate of heaven:
come, break down
the prison walls of death
for whose who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death;
and lead your captive people
into freedom.

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