Advent 2017, day 5

He comes with succor speedy
to those who suffer wrong,
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong;
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
were precious in his sight.

He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth,
and love, joy, hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth:
before him on the mountains
shall peace, the herald, go;
and righteousness in fountains
from hill to valley flow.

–Stanzas 2 and 3 from Hail to the Lord’s Anointed by James Montgomery (1771-1854); paraphrase of Psalm 72

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Advent 2017, day 4

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed,
great David’s greater Son!
Hail, in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.

–Stanza 1 from Hail to the Lord’s Anointed by James Montgomery (1771-1854); paraphrase of Psalm 72

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Advent 2017, day 3

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
so that the mountains would quake at your presence–
as when fire kindles brushwood
and the fire causes water to boil–
to make your name known to your adversaries,
so that the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence.
From ages past no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who works for those who wait for him.
You meet those who gladly do right,
those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
because you hid yourself we transgressed.
We have all become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
There is no one who calls on your name,
or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity.
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
and do not remember iniquity forever.
Now consider, we are all your people.

–Isaiah 64:1-9 (NRSV)

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Advent 2017 day 2

Remember God’s goodness,
O thou Man, O thou Man,
Remember God’s goodness and promise made.
Remember God’s goodness,
How he sent his son, doubtless
Our sins for to redress. Be not afraid.

The Angels all did sing,
O thou Man, O thou Man,
The Angels all did sing upon the shepherd’s hill.
The Angels all did sing
Praises to our Heavenly King,
And peace to man living, with a good will.

Stanzas 3 and 4 from Remember, O thou Man, 16th century English carol.

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Advent 2017 day 1

Lord, in their change, let frost and heat,
and winds and dews be given;
all fostering power, all influence sweet,
breathe from the bounteous heaven.
Attemper fair with gentle air
the sunshine and the rain,
that kindly earth with timely birth
may yield her fruits again:

That we may feed the poor aright,
and, gathering round thy throne,
here, in the holy angel’s sight,
repay thee of thine own:
That we may praise thee all our days,
and with the Father’s Name,
and with the Holy Spirit’s gifts,
the Savior’s love proclaim.

Stanzas 2 and 3 from O Jesus, crowned with all renown by Edward White Benson (1829-1896).

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The Beatitudes – Arvo Pärt

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Amen.

–Words: Matthew 5:3-12 (King James Version)
–Music: Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

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The Lord is my Light

The Lord is my light, the refuge of my life and my salvation; of whom then shall I be afraid?
If I take the wings of the morning or go up into heaven, your right hand will hold me.
In the shadow of your wings will I rejoice and bless your holy Name;
and I will sing of your Glory, O Lord my strength, as long as I live.

–Words: Psalms 27:1, 139:8, 63:4 & 7
–Music: Peter R. Hallock (1924-2014)

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