Saturday, December 15, 2012

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison,
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

There are evils
slow and coiling.
There are evils
fierce and hot.
There are evils
close beside us
There are evils
left to rot.
But to each there is one answer,
and to each a time is set,
when the Lord who plumbed their nadir
will repay the evil yet.

    O LORD, how long shall I cry for help,
        and you will not hear?
    Or cry to you “Violence!”
        and you will not save?
    Why do you make me see iniquity,
        and why do you idly look at wrong?
    Destruction and violence are before me;
        strife and contention arise.
    So the law is paralyzed,
        and justice never goes forth.
    For the wicked surround the righteous;
        so justice goes forth perverted.
Habakkuk 1:2-4

They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. - Revelation 6:10-11

Kyrie eleison,
Christe eleison,
Kyrie eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

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