Advent Calendar

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Annuciation (a poem)

Mary, did you marvel  at the sight of an angel in your room?

Did the hair on the nape of your neck
stand on end -
in fear, in fascination,
in dread,
in tender curiosity?

Did you consider
saying no? 
Did you blush or panic or wish
that you could rush out the door
into the cool spring breeze
and forget
it ever happened?

Hail, Mary,
full of grace,
the Lord is with thee,
he said in his angel voice
that must have sounded like heaven
to your maiden ear.

Why else would you have listened?
How else could you have listened?
Unless it was the sound of heaven that kept you still.

And while he waited for your answer, were you thinking that your life was over?

Or was it just the beginning?

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Sally is about to pounce ..... 

while Bella ponders the mysteries of Advent.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Psalm for Thursday in the Third Week of Advent

Psalm 30

1     I will exalt you, O LORD,
         because you have lifted me up*
            and have not let my enemies triumph over me.

2     O LORD my God, I cried out to you,*
          and you restored me to health.

3      You brought me up, O LORD, from the dead;*
           you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.

4       Sing to the LORD, you servants of his;*
           give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.

5      For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,*
           his favor for a lifetime.

6      Weeping may spend the night,*
           but joy comes in the morning.

7      While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed.*
           You, LORD, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."

8      Then you hid your face,*
           and I was filled with fear.

9       I cried to you, O LORD;*
            I pleaded with the Lord, saying,

10     "What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit?*
             will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?

11      Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me;*
             O LORD, be my helper."

12     You have turned my wailing into dancing;*
             you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.

13     Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;*
            O LORD my God, I will give you thanks for ever.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Psalm for Tuesday in the Third Week of Advent

Psalm 34:1-8

1     I will bless the LORD at all times;*
          his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

2     I will glory in the LORD;*
          let the humble hear and rejoice.

3     Proclaim with me the greatness of the LORD;*
          let us exalt his Name together.

4     I sought the LORD, and he answered me*
           and delivered me out of all my terror.

5     Look upon him and be radiant,*
          and let not your faces be ashamed.

6     I called in my affliction and the LORD hear me*
          and saved me from all my troubles.

7     The angel of the LORD encompasses those who fear him,*
          and he will deliver them.

8     Taste and see that the LORD is good;*
          happy are they who trust in him!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Psalm for Monday in the Third Week of Advent

Psalm 25:3-8

3      Show me your ways, O LORD,*
          and teach me your paths.

4      Lead me in your truth and teach me,*
           for you are the God of my salvation;
           in you have I trusted all the day long.

5     Remember, O LORD, your compassion and love,*
           for they are from everlasting.

6     Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;*
           remember me accordion to your love
           and for the sake of your goodness, O LORD.

7     Gracious and upright is the LORD;*
          therefore he teaches sinners in his way.

8      He guides the humble in doing right*
           and teaches his way to the lowly.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Music for Advent: Savior of the Nations, Come

A repost from last year:

An unusual pairing of the traditional chanted Advent hymn "Savior of the Nations, Come" (Veni redemptor gentium) accompanied by a jazz soprano saxophone played by Gints Paberzs.



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