The liturgical season of Advent is observed by many Christian churches around the world. The word Advent comes from the Latin advenio, "to come to," and refers to the coming of Christ. It is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for both the birth of Jesus at Christmas and his second coming at the end of time (after his ascension to heaven over 2000 years ago). The season of Advent is the period of four Sundays and weeks before Christmas.
Based on Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light
For the grace of God has appeared
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace
and there shall be endless peace
from this time onward and forevermore
Glory to God in the highest heaven
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice
let the sea roar, and all that fills it
let the field exult, and everything in it
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
For he is coming
*this poem first appeared in Waiting: Advent Reflections from the Emmaus Community & The AbbeyChurch. Used by permission.