The Anticipation

“Advent, meaning “the coming,” is a time when we wait expectantly.

Christians began to celebrate it as a season during the fourth and fifth centuries. Like Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done. And we wait in expectation of the full coming of God’s reign on earth and for the return of Christ, what God will yet do.

But this waiting is not a passive waiting. It is an active waiting. As any expectant mother knows, this waiting also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community. It is called labor for a reason.

Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live in the expectation of the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. As we wait, we also work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of another world.” *

As we join together in waiting…anticipating…let us not grow stagnant in our faith, but seek out ways we can actively give of ourselves and enjoy this Christmas Advent season.

Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds

Angels we have on heard high
Sweetly singing ore the plains
And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains


Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord the newborn King

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

See him in a manger laid
Whom the choirs of angels praise

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid

While our hearts in love we raise

Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo

* Found in Common Prayer – A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, page 50.

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