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JOURNAL 2010

2010

A vision quest

Finding a guiding light

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SPRING 2010

Illuminating the hours

Index 2010

The annunciation

The visitation

The nativity

The annunciation to the shepherds

The adoration of the magi

The presentation in the temple

The massacre of the innocents

The flight into Egypt

Illuminating the hours

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THE ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS

The dream of Joseph. Giotto di Bondone. 1304-06. Cappella Scrovegni a Padova.

Terce, or Third Hour [Latin, from hora tertia, third hour after dawn], is a fixed hour for prayer dating back to Apostolic times. The third hour was also the traditional hour for Eucharist on feast days. This custom derived from the biblical reference to the third hour as the time that the holy spirit descended on the apostles at Pentecost. The third hour is also called hora aurea or hora sacra ("golden hour" or "holy hour").

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
Luke 2:10-12 [KJV]

The annunciation to the shepherds is an event in the nativity of Jesus and is found in Luke 2. In the little office of the blessed Virgin Mary, it is associated with Terce.

 

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