Fourth Sunday of Advent
December 21, 2014
"Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus."
In the familiar Gospel story of the Annunciation, the angel announces to Mary that she will be the mother of a son named Jesus. His name in Hebrew means “God saves.” For most of us this is a story that warms our hearts. Jesus, conceived and born of a woman, has come to save us, to break through the darkness of the world, to show us in the flesh the love of God.
We know, however, that the warmth we feel must be tempered by the fact that Jesus’ love for humanity leads him to the cross, and it leads his mother to bear a pain that is deeper than any other: the loss of her child. Yet she said “Yes” to the angel and to whatever God’s will might bring her.
As we enter into these final days Advent, may we ponder in our hearts the mystery of God with us and our call to respond to that presence with our own resounding “Yes,” no matter the cost!
God of love, help us to ponder, like Mary,
the mystery of salvation: your son, Jesus Christ.
May your Spirit strengthen our commitment
to respond to your invitation to give birth to Christ
in our lives and in the world. Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come!
Office of Worship
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
The Vienna Boys Choir - December 17 and 18 at St. Mary's Church, Gayton Road
David Haas and Lori True - February 5 and 6 at Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD