My Favorite Advent Hymn 4

“A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom” — Isaiah 11:1

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…

Celebrating the Season of Hope 7

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…

Logos Meets Cosmos, A Voice of 1, Crying out in the Desert 5

“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.”

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We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again! 9

First Sunday of Advent Reflection

Image from the Deacon's Bench: Click on image to read his homily for today

Image from the Deacon’s Bench: Click on image to read his homily for today

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…