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…. an engineer, singer and photographer living in Scotland

Advent 4 2011 – Mary

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Answer Thine own bride and Spirit,
Hasten, Lord, the general doom!
The new Heav’n and earth t’inherit,
Take Thy pining exiles home:
All creation,
Travails! groans! and bids Thee come!

The dear tokens of His passion
Still His dazzling body bears;
Cause of endless exultation
To His ransomed worshippers;
With what rapture,
Gaze we on those glorious scars!

Advent Wreath at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

Advent Wreath at St Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow

Verses five and six of Charles Wesley’s great advent hymn – Lo! He comes with clouds descending.

On the fourth and final Sunday in Advent we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus, whose humility and openness to God made possible the incarnation.

The words of the Magnificat from Luke’s Gospel (Luke 1:46-55), encapsulate the humilty of Mary, and also the charity that Jesus asked us to follow. This song of Mary came following her visit to Elizabeth, who at that time was pregant with John the Baptist whom we remembered on Advent 3.

    My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
    For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
    For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
    For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
    And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
    He hath shewed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
    He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
    He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
    He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Lord Jesus, Light of the World,
blessed is Gabriel who brought good news;
blessed is Mary your mother and ours.
Bless your Church preparing for Christmas;
and blass us your children who long for your coming.

Another link to Beth’s Blog providing you with a contrasting view during Advent.

From Beth for Advent 4 – Veni Creator; in which she gives us a chance to read a verse by Csezlaw Milosz considering the coming of the Holy Spirit.

Author: Stewart

An instrumentation engineer who enjoys photography and singing. Working in the West of Scotland; a member of St Mary's Cathedral Glasgow and Southwark Cathedral; and a volunteer guard/signalman on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales.

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