Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Preparing A Royal Welcome

It is the final day of our Advent journey. Once again we will arrive at the "House of Bread". We will seek "shelter" from our "travel". We are among the not yet counted throngs of people in the City of David.

Have we notice this traveler along the way? Did we look for the Holy Family? Is there a sense that Emmanuel might make an appearance? Let this Advent hymn finish your preparation:

The Coming Of Our God 
1. The coming of our God
Our thoughts must now employ:
Then let us meet him on the road
With songs of holy joy. 
2. The co-eternal Son
A maiden's offspring see:
A servant's form Christ putteth on,
To make his people free. 
3. Mother of Saints, arise
To greet thine infant-King,
And do not thanklessly despise
The pardon he doth bring. 
4. In glory from his throne
Again will Christ descend,
And summon all that are his own
To joys that never end. 
5. Let deeds of darkness fly
Before the approaching morn,
For onto sin 'tis ours to die,
And serve the Virgin-horn. 
6. Our joyful praises sing
To Christ, that set us free;
Like tribute to the Father bring,
And, Holy Ghost, to thee. Amen.

In these final hours our confinement will soon be complete:

Ero cras.

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