Impeding my spatiamentum after Prime, tsk. Still-- omnis spiritus laudet Dominum. It has been raining on and off through the night and early morning. Not a solemn Mass at Saint-Eugène this morning but M. Ratovondrahety displayed the best of the organ the use of which is suppressed during Advent except today, Gaudete Sunday, named so from the first word of the introit:
Gaudéte in Dómino semper: íterum dico, gaudéte. Modéstia vestra nota sit ómnibus homínibus: Dóminus enim prope est. Nihil sollíciti sitis: sed in omni oratióne petitiónes vestræ innotéscant apud Deum.Ps 84:2Benedixísti, Dómine, terram tuam: avertísti captivitátem Jacob.V. Glória Patri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sancto.R. Sicut erat in princípio, et nunc, et semper, et in sǽcula sæculórum. Amen.Gaudéte in Dómino semper: íterum dico, gaudéte. Modéstia vestra nota sit ómnibus homínibus: Dóminus enim prope est. Nihil sollíciti sitis: sed in omni oratióne petitiónes vestræ innotéscant apud Deum.
... The poem [i.e. the extracts of the Advent Lyrics that she is commenting on] says that because it is impossible fully to understand Christ's relationship to his Father, we want all the more to know his medrencynn, his 'mother-kin', maternal origins. This is where the 'golden gate' fits in, because it's probably meant here to be an allusion to the Virgin Mary, which will be developed further in the next section of the poem. There the poet explores the idea of Mary as the 'door in the wall', the gate between this world and eternity, the door through which Christ chose to enter the human world. The image is a Biblical one (an interpretation of the temple gate of Ezekiel 44), but in the early medieval church it was also given a specific narrative expression through the apocryphal but very popular story of Mary's conception. According to apocryphal tradition, Mary's parents Anne and Joachim were long unable to have a child, and parted from each other in grief; but while they were apart angels appeared to them and told them they would conceive a baby, and in joy they rushed to meet at the temple gate, the Golden Gate, in Jerusalem. In later medieval art Mary's conception is often represented by an image of her parents embracing in front of the Golden Gate. So Mary's own conception, as well as her unique place in the architecture of the universe, are both evoked by the phrase 'golden gates'....