First Sunday of Advent 2012

We come now to my absolute favorite liturgical season of the year. The music for this season is unparalleled during the year, IMHO of course.

In 2012, the Gospel is from Luke:

Gospel Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

Jesus said to his disciples:
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars,
and on earth nations will be in dismay,
perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves.
People will die of fright
in anticipation of what is coming upon the world,
for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of Man
coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen,
stand erect and raise your heads
because your redemption is at hand.

“Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy
from carousing and drunkenness
and the anxieties of daily life,
and that day catch you by surprise like a trap.
For that day will assault everyone
who lives on the face of the earth.
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man.”

And so, one of the great hymns of the Church from our bretheren the Anglicans is appropriate:

And the first of the great Advent songs, and the best of the videos I could find:

Another favorite sung at my parish this morning:

Join me for this journey as we are renewed in Christ.

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