Saturday, November 29, 2008

Advent 2008

Starting the 4th Sunday before Christmas and ending on Christmas Eve, the season of ADVENT is when we celebrate the coming of Christ into the world as a helpless infant while anticipating His second coming - when every tear will be wiped away. And as some of you may know, I so Adore the season of ADVENT & am looking forward to today's Advent Festival at St. Paul's!

Over the next 4 weeks my posts will focus primarily on our waiting for the hope that is Christ. With the anxiety that many are feeling in these difficult times - be it monetarily, emotionally, or spiritually, it is a good & joyful thing to light a candle in this darkness. May we hold steadfastly to the truth that God is With Us......

Today's selection is an Advent Litany that will be used this morning at church. Enjoy! And may Advent Blessings be upon each and every one of you!

Advent Litany - Among the Poor, "Cloth for the Cradle" Iona Community, p. 31

Among the poor,
among the proud,
among the persecuted,
among the privileged,
Christ is coming,
Christ is coming to make all things new.

In the private house,
in the marketplace,
in the wedding feast,
in the judgment hall,
Christ is coming,
Christ is coming to make all things new.

With a gentle touch,
with an angry word,
with a clear conscience,
with burning love,
Christ is coming,
Christ is coming to make all things new.

That the kingdom might come,
that the world might believe,
that the powerful might stumble,
that the humble might be raised,
Christ is coming,
Christ is coming to make all things new.

Within us,
without us,
among us,
before us,
in this place,
in every place, for this time, for all time,
Christ is coming,
Christ is coming to make all things new.

4 comments:

Jan said...

This is nice. I am looking forward to your Advent expressions on waiting. I'm glad to know that you'll have something every day. Thank you.

Monica said...

I love it!!! I have the prayer tomorrow for the faculty meeting--this is the one I'm using.

becky said...

"It's the most wonderful time of the year" -andy williams

Jayne said...

Beautiful Roberta. :c) I love the season of Advent too, and loved seeing our hanging Advent Wreath yesterday. Although I had to giggle as all I could think about was how RLP had written on his blog that before he understood what the celebration of Advent was in the Episcopal Church, his first thought was, "Gee, can't they afford five candles the same color?" :c)