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It’s Advent and I have nothing to wear! December 12, 2009

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 9:13 am

I haven’t thought much about Advent this year; and this very fact has disclosed something interesting.  Every commitment that is not school has felt like a burden to me as of late.  And while I can’t say that this is desirable, it is what it is and the idea of trying to formulate some plan to change this only feels like yet another burden.  So Advent celebrations, candle lightings, thoughtful conversations, they’ve all taken a backseat, or so it seems.  

If Advent is waiting, waiting for God, waiting for each other and ourselves to wait for God, then I have been participating.  I’m not sure if i’ve ever groaned for anything so strenuously as I have for these papers I’ve been writing.  More of myself than I’d like to admit has gone into them.  Every ounce of reflection, every inch of wisdom, every strand of my accessible soul.  I have two down and one to go, the end is drawing near.  Then what will I do?  I’ll drive the pretty pages to langley, through the resistance of traffic and time, I’ll drop them off, and I’ll leave to Saskatchewan for Christmas.  There’s an Advent progression there, I want to believe.  I want to believe that even the busy can enter the kingdom of God, that the work of liturgy can truly be “the work of the people.”

 

Christmas Eve, December 24th in the season of Advent December 24, 2008

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 2:29 am

O Emmanuel our king and lawgiver, the hope of all nations and their savior;
come and save us, O Lord our God.

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Tuesday, December 23rd in the season of Advent December 23, 2008

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 2:28 am

O King of Nations and their desired one, thou corner-stone who makes both one;
come and save man whom thou hast formed from clay.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Monday, December 22nd in the season of Advent December 22, 2008

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 2:20 am

O Dayspring, splendor of eternal light and sun of righteousness;
come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

The Fourth Sunday in Advent December 21, 2008

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 2:18 am

O Key of David and scepter of the House of Israel,
thou that opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens;
come and lead the captive from prison, sitting in darkness and in the shadow of death.

O come, thou Key of David, come,
and open wide our heavenly home;
make safe the way that leads on high,
and close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Saturday, December 20th in the season of Advent December 20, 2008

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 2:17 am

O Root of Jesse who stands as the ensign of the people,

before whom kings shall not open their lips, to whom the nations shall pray;
come and deliver us, tarry now no more.

O come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree,
an ensign of thy people be;
before thee rulers silent fall;
all peoples on thy mercy call.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

Friday, December 19th in the season of Advent December 19, 2008

Filed under: advent — Joel @ 2:15 am

O Lord and Ruler of the house of Israel,

who did appear to Moses in a flame of fire in the bush and gave him the Law in Sinai;
come and redeem us with your outstretched arms.

O come, O come, great Lord of might,
who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times once gave the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.