Sunday, November 29, 2009

book of seasons: The first Sunday in Advent

The first Sunday in Advent is usually the Sunday following Thanksgiving, and is usually still in November.

These are the traditional readings, carols and responses that we used in my family:

Scripture: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 (KJV)
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Light the first candle

Question:
Why do we light one candle?

Response:
We light this candle on the first Sunday in Advent to remind us that we must prepare ourselves for the coming of the Christ Child. This first candle is the Prophet Candle. This candle reminds us of the light of hope that the prophets had in their expectations of a Messiah who would bring peace and love to the world.

Moment of Silent Prayer

Carol: O Come, O Come Emmanuel (this version by Joan Baez is the one I remember from my childhood)

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 Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave
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;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

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