My Advent song pick for today is Veni, Veni Emmanuel (Version by Mannheim Steamroller)
There’s nothing like Christmas music to set the tone and stir up our hearts for Christmas.
Nothing except Advent music, of course, because Advent hymns are designed specifically for the Season before Christmas that we’re in now.
I have many Advent tunes I like a lot. This one, however, has always been my favorite. More…
From the Preface of the Mass
For he assumed at his first coming the lowliness of human flesh,
and so fulfilled the design you formed long ago,
and opened for us the way to eternal salvation,
that, when he comes again in glory and majesty
and all is at last made manifest,
we who watch for that day may inherit the great promise
in which now we dare to hope.
One of my favorite Christmas songs begins: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks… More…
Happy Fourth Sunday of Advent, Everybody!
It’s officially the shortest week of the year — Just two days till Christmas. So if you havent’t started decorating that tree, yet… More…
“Gaudete in Domino semper” – Rejoice in the Lord always! (Philippians 4:4)
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight his paths.
Every valley shall be filled
and every mountain and hill shall be made low.
The winding roads shall be made straight,
and the rough ways made smooth,
and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
What is your favorite Advent Hymn?
Not that I know tuns and tuns of Advent Carols, but here are a few to vote on:
Veni, Veni Emmanuel: More…
First Sunday of Advent Reflection
A friend asked me the other day why the Church no longer regards Advent as a penitential season, like Lent. “It still is a penitential season,” I told him, “but the focus of Advent is different than the focus of Lent.” More…