Sunday, November 30, 2008

Advent 1

Today is the start of Advent, and the start of the Liturgical New Year. Advent is, according to Byron, "a period of waiting, waiting with Israel for the Messiah, reading the prophecies of his arrival, waiting with the world for Messiah's return, watching and praying." At hebel, I'll be posting the Advent collects from the Book of Common Prayer each week and an 'Advent Hymn' to go with it.

Collect for the First Sunday in Advent
God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Advent Hymn
And in there spirit of waiting with Israel, here is a classic song introduced to me by Sufjan Stevens: O come, O come, Emmanuel.

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.

O come, Thou Day-spring, 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.

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.

(You can listen to Sufjan sing the song here).


byron smith said...

This wonderful hymn has eight verses in full. They will slowly be appearing on my blog during Advent. (And I like the picture - it is indeed not far from my own).

Moffitt the Prophet said...

Nice idea Byron. I only posted the verses that Sufjan sings.