The Fourth Sunday Of Advent

Believe-Sign-RSGospel lk 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

 

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14 Responses to The Fourth Sunday Of Advent

  1. Pingback: The Fourth Sunday Of Advent | RINO Blog Watch

  2. Merry Christmas!!

    Mannheim Steamroller – Herbei, Oh Ihr Gläubigen (O Come All Ye Faithful)

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  3. ouroborosredux says:

    Beautiful.

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  4. The Tundra PA says:

    Menage, thank you so much for your Advent posts. I truly love them. I am a prodigal daughter who wandered off the path many years ago and have recently returned. I am now enrolled in RCIA and hope to be fully welcomed into the Catholic church at Easter. It is the right path for me, and I am joyfully humbled at the Grace which has allowed me to see that. Your posts encourage me on that path, and I am thankful. A deeply felt Merry Christmas to you!

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    • Menagerie says:

      Merry Christmas to you as well. What a wonderful Christmas it will be for you, and a joyous time looking forward to Easter. I will be praying for you, and I look forward to hearing about that Easter service.

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  5. partyzantski says:

    There must be something wrong with me… this is making my eyes water.

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  6. Spar Harmon says:

    Thank you, Menagerie, for these Advent posts. In my growing up, not much was made of Advent per se, though there were other traditions with the same object.
    This year, your posts have given me a channel for spiritual alignment with the season. I know that Jesus was not actually born December 25, but I wonder if others realize why this is when His birth is celebrated.
    All human groups on the planet who live far enough above or below the equator to have seasons, celebrate the mid-winter solstice (shortest day/ longest night) as the rebirth of Light. The Jews have Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. In the native pueblos of New Mexico, the kivas are in continuous prayer for about a week, climaxing with pueblo-wide dancing, feasting, storytelling, and gifting on the designated solstice day and night.
    Jesus is God manifest in human form, the Light of the World — — —

    Glory to God in the highest
    Peace and Goodwill to All Men — — —

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  7. andi lee says:

    With tears of joy at this moment, and with Meinheim Steamroller in the surround, God bless you, Menagerie, and all! Merry Christmas!

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  8. Permit me three-and-a-half minutes of ♥ Renée Fleming ♥…

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  9. JAS says:

    Amen and Merry Christmas to all.

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  10. One Solitary Life

    He was born in an obscure village
    The child of a peasant woman
    He grew up in another obscure village
    Where he worked in a carpenter shop
    Until he was thirty when public opinion turned against him

    He never wrote a book
    He never held an office
    He never went to college
    He never visited a big city
    He never traveled more than two hundred miles
    From the place where he was born
    He did none of the things
    Usually associated with greatness
    He had no credentials but himself

    He was only thirty three

    His friends ran away
    One of them denied him
    He was turned over to his enemies
    And went through the mockery of a trial
    He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
    While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
    The only property he had on earth

    When he was dead
    He was laid in a borrowed grave
    Through the pity of a friend

    Nineteen centuries have come and gone
    And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
    And the leader of mankind’s progress
    All the armies that have ever marched
    All the navies that have ever sailed
    All the parliaments that have ever sat
    All the kings that ever reigned put together
    Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
    As powerfully as that one solitary life

    Dr James Allan Francis © 1926.

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