Daily Update: Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Advent and O Antiphons - December 20

Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, the last Sunday before Christmas Day. Our O Antiphon for today is “O Clavis David,” “O Key of David”. Today is also the birthday of Janet, the wife of Richard’s good friend Steve in Mississippi.

The fourth candle lit during this week is purple or violet, signifying our desire to repent to be ready for the arrival of Christ in our hearts. The last week of Advent can last from one to seven days, always ending with Christmas. Since Christmas Day this year is on a Friday, this last week of Advent will last for five days (Sunday through Thursday); since Christmas next year will be on a Sunday, the last week of Advent will last a full seven days. In Latin today’s O Antiphon is “O Clavis David, et sceptrum domus Israel; qui aperis, et nemo claudit; claudis, et nemo aperit: veni, et educ vinctum de domo carceris, sedentem in tenebris, et umbra mortis.” In English the O Antiphon is “O Key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel; you open and no one can shut; you shut and no one can open: Come and lead the prisoners from the prison house, those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 22:22): “I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David; he shall open, and no one shall shut; he shall shut, and no one shall open,” (Isaiah 9:7): “His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onwards and for evermore,”  and (Isaiah 42:7): “…To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.” Today’s Mass was historically called the Golden Mass and celebrated with special solemnity, because it focuses on the role of Mary in the Incarnation. The first reading is the famous prophecy from Isaiah about the virgin who will conceive and bear a son. The Gospel is the Annunciation account. In manuscripts of the Middle Ages, the capital letters of the text of the Annunciation Gospel were written in gold as a sign of the secret grace hidden within the words of the Angel Gabriel and within the response of the Virgin Mary.  Today is also the birthday of Janet, the wife of Richard’s good friend Steve in Mississippi.

I did my Bathroom Devotional Reading, and we left the back door unlocked for Liz Ellen. On our way to work I did my Internet Devotional Reading, said the Fifth Day of my Christmas Novena, and said the Third Day of my Holy Family Novena. Once we clocked in, Richard was on Mini Baccarat, and I was on Macau Mini Baccarat. I had two guests on my table who were very good to us; I dropped about $2,000 in the dealers’ Toke box. When they closed Mini Baccarat, Richard became the dealer on Pai Gow, and when my Macau players left, they closed my Macau Mini Baccarat table, and I reopened Mini Baccarat.

On our way home we left off a check to pay for an in-town bill. When we got home, Liz Ellen was there, having arrived at 10:00 am. I read the Sunday papers, then Liz Ellen and I left at 12:30 pm. We ate lunch at D.C.’s Sports Bar and Steakhouse, then went to Super 1 Foods to get some groceries for Richard. We then went to Champagne’s, where I ordered Christmas Dinner, and we got some more groceries. We then went west of town to the satsuma orchard; the gates were open, but there were no satsumas out for sale. We left the groceries off at the house, and went to Cash Magic, where I put $10.00 into the Video Poker Machine and won $50.00 (a net of $40.00 to the good).

We arrived back home at 2:30 pm. Richard went to sleep at about 4:00 pm, and I am falling asleep as I type, so I will finish this Daily Update; Liz Ellen and I were going to go to Mass at 6:00 pm, but I bailed, and her back is bothering her anyway. Our New Orleans Pelicans are playing the Denver Nuggets tonight; I will post the score of the game in tomorrow’s Daily Update.

Tomorrow our O Antiphon will be “O Oriens…”, and tomorrow is the Optional Memorial of  Saint Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor (died 1597). Tomorrow is also the Winter Solstice, which is either the Start or the Midpoint of Winter (either way, it’s the shortest day of the year). Richard and I will work our eight hours at the casino, and Liz Ellen will go to Lafayette to have a massage from our usual massage person (who relocated from our town to the Hub City). And I do not know off hand what Liz Ellen and I will do in the afternoon. Our LSU Women’s Basketball Team will be playing an away game with #1 ranked Connecticut tomorrow evening, and the New Orleans Saints will be playing the Detroit Lions in Monday Night Football in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. And the Winter Solstice will arrive at 10:48 pm.

On this afternoon of the Fourth Sunday of Advent our Parting Quote comes from Steve Landesberg, American comic actor. Born in 1936 in New York City, after time in the United States Armed Forces he took a series of jobs as an assistant credit manager for hotels. He then began his acting career as a comic, making his first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the early 1970s. He also appeared on Dean Martin Presents the Bobby Darin Amusement Co. in 1972 and in Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers in 1974-75. In 1976 he joined the ensemble on Barney Miller (1975 – 1982) as Detective Arthur Dietrich, a role for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards. He was part of the improvisational group New York Stickball Team, which performed several shows that were aired on cable television shortly after Barney Miller went off the air. After Barney Miller  he made guest appearances on the TV shows The Rockford FilesLaw & OrderSaturday Night LiveThe Golden GirlsGhost WhispererThat 70′s Show, and Everybody Hates Chris. His final film role was as pediatrician Dr. Rosenbaum in the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, starring Jason Segel and Kristen Bell. He had started late in acting, and was sensitive on the subject; at the time of his death from colon cancer, he was reported to be 65, but was actually 74 (died 2010): “Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.”

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