Today is the first Sunday of Advent. It is a Season in the Christian year that I really enjoy. It is filled with hope, anticipation, self-examination, and ultimately we greet that happy morn with the knowledge of God’s salvation born on earth. Yes, as I said this morning, Advent isn’t easy, but the end result is such a boon to our faith that the road it leads us down is well worth travelling.
This year I am excited about Advent for another reason. For months now I have been dreaming of writing a series of Acrostic Prayers based on the O Antiphons of the hymn, O Come O Come Emmanuel. Now finally, Advent has begun and I can begin to work on those 7 prayers.
This week we begin with verse 1
O Come O Come Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lowly exile here,
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Today we pray through the name Emmanuel, which means God with us. What a wonderful thought, God came to live with us, be one with us, and redeem us. Jesus truly is a gift from God.
Eternal God, Creator of us all
Mediator of Grace
Magistrate of Justice
All the earth bows before you in praise and adoration
Newness of hope and faith await
Until we observe your coming among us
Every knee shall then bow and declare your kingdom has come
Lord of All, King of Kings, to whom all praise rightly flows. Amen.