My husband has cared for this cactus
since 1994 and it is now over 6 feet tall.
This year, for the first time EVER, it sent out
some new shoots, so he now has two that are beginning
to take root.
photos were taken in the very early morning) and the
blooms are spectacular!
Today is the third Sunday in Advent, also known as Gaudete Sunday. "Gaudete" in Latin means "Rejoice" and takes its name from the first words of the Mass, "Gaudete in domino semper" ( which means "Rejoice in the Lord always". ) The third candle on the Advent wreath is rose colored as this Sunday is a day of rejoicing. There is a wonderful hymn which is based on Isaiah, "The Desert Shall Rejoice and Bloom As the Rose". I often think of our night blooming cereus cactus when I sing it!
For the past two years I was asked to say a prayer before the beginning of our company Christmas party and I recited the prayer by Robert Louis Stephenson which I shared with you a few days ago. Again this year I was asked to say the prayer. ( I don't think this was because of any goodness on my part, I think that the manager is just a creature of habit!) Oh dear, surely I can't use the nice Robert Louis Stephenson prayer three years in a row, could I? Could there be something in my Book of Common Prayer that I could adapt and shorten without losing any of the meaning? Yes, that is just what I did.
Accept , O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life and for the mystery of love.
We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for all the people that we work with everyday.
Above all, we thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, for the truth of his Word and the example of his life. Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know Christ and make him known, and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. AMEN.