Advent Week One 2014

2014 Advent Reflection: First Week

All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’). Isa 7:14

For some, singing of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is only part of Christmas Caroling.  This song is rooted in a RICH tradition that dates back to the 12th Century. The antiphons were—and still in some traditions are sung in vesper services every night before Christmas.

Let this Advent Sunday, be a time of great worship! Christmas is rich with great imagery, great art, great music, and great poetry that help raise our consciousness and our hearts to be fully aware of Jesus’ presence. This season we want to focus on “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” to add to the imagery of the Advent Season and thereby elevating our hearts and minds to stay focus on Emmanuel coming and staying on our conscious and even on our subconscious throughout the entire Advent season — whether you are going through sorrow or joy. Let the imagery move you at your own pace.

 

Questions For Further Reflection:

See the lyrics to O Come O Come Emmanuel below.

  • What stands out to You?
  • How do you thirst for Jesus presence?
  • In what ways are you longing for Emmanuel to come today?

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 Rod of Jeses, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And give them victory o’er the gave

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, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home  

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