February 9, 2020Download the Bulletin as a PDF
Blessing of the Vestibule
5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The great court had three courses of hewn stone round
about, and a course of cedar beams; so had the inner court
of the house of the Lord, and the vestibule of the house.
1 Kings 7:12
In the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened
the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them.
2 Chronicles 29:3
Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps faith may enter in.
the Spirit lifted me up, and brought me into the inner
court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with
praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them and give thanks to the Lord.
Between the vestibule and the altar let the priests, the
ministers of the Lord, weep and say, “Spare thy people, O
Lord, and make not thy heritage a reproach, a byword
among the nations. Why should they say among the
peoples, ‘Where is their God?’”
To him the gatekeeper opens; the sheep hear his voice,
and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
The New Jerusalem (detail)
14th Century Tapestry