The First Sunday Of Advent

Believe-Sign-RSFirst Sunday of Advent

Reading 1 Is 2:1-5

This is what Isaiah, son of Amoz,
saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
For from Zion shall go forth instruction,
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
and impose terms on many peoples.
They shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
nor shall they train for war again.
O house of Jacob, come,
let us walk in the light of the Lord!

advent wreathThe word advent is derived from the Latin word for coming. During this season churches emphasize the history of God’s people, painting a backdrop against the birth of the Christ child, the fulfillment of the prophesies and promises foretold in the Old Testament scriptures. There is a duality about the season. While we joyously anticipate the birth of Mary’s baby, the Incarnate Son Of God, we are reminded by the readings and traditions of the season that we also prepare for and anticipate the return of the Lord in his glory.

We wish you the most joyous of holiday seasons, and hope that you and your loved ones find time to share the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season.

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45 Responses to The First Sunday Of Advent

  1. William Schneider says:

    I have the distinct honor of being the reader at my catholic church mass tomorrow where I will be proclaiming these powerful words of prophesy to my fellow Christians. What a blessing to proclaim such glad tidings and exciting news. Praise God for his incredible love for us unworthy souls. I do feel enormous thanks for living in this free country Of the USA-terribly flawed though it may be.
    Thanks Managerie for helping us get this season started right-focusing on the God who loves us so much he sent His only son to save us and be with us.

    Liked by 23 people

    • Patrick Healy says:

      Thank you Managerie and William,

      Benedicus Antiphon
      The Holy Spirit will come upon you, Mary. Do not be afraid, for you will bear in your womb the Son of God., alleluia.

      Liked by 11 people

  2. Molly says:

    O come, O come, Emmanuel
    And ransom captive Israel
    That mourns in lonely exile here
    Until the Son of God appear

    Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
    Shall come to thee, O Israel

    O come, O come, Thou Lord of might
    Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height
    In ancient times didst give the law
    In cloud, and majesty and awe


    O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
    Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
    From depths of hell Thy people save
    And give them victory o’er the grave


    O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer
    Our spirits by Thine advent here
    Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
    And death’s dark shadows put to flight


    O come, Thou Key of David, come
    And open wide our heavenly home
    Make safe the way that leads on high
    And close the path to misery


    O come, Thou Wisdom from on high
    And order all things, far and nigh
    To us the path of knowledge show
    And cause us in her ways to go


    O come, desire of nations, bind
    In one the hearts of all mankind
    Bid Thou our sad divisions cease
    And be Thyself our King of peace


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  3. Rhi says:

    Amen Menagerie and William!
    God showed His love for us that, in the fullness of time, while we were yet sinners, He sent His only begotten Son to reconcile unto Himself those who believe in His birth, death and resurrection. And indeed, we longingly await His return. Amazing grace.

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  4. A2 says:

    Please remember in your prayers, the Christians in China also. We are one in the brethren of Christ.

    Thank you.

    Liked by 14 people

  5. Dora says:


    by Fr. George Rutler

    Given the many theatres that are or have been within walking distance of our church on 34th Street, it is not possible to count the number of times stage curtains have come down on a final act. One block away from us is the theatre built by Oscar Hammerstein, to compete with the old Metropolitan Opera House up on Broadway at 39th.

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    • lotbusyexec says:

      Thank you for sharing Advent: The Curtain Falls — Printed the article out too to read later – Busy advent lighting tonight 😉

      Liked by 1 person

    • lotbusyexec says:

      Best of lines from above article/sermon – I am inspired this AM – Thank you all!
      “The Church’s mission is to save souls. Evil, in this world, comes from sin. Not from income disparity or “climate change.” The solution is: Evangelization. Conversion. Not an ever-increasing government control. Not a world government. These are nowadays the main agents imposing cultural Marxism on our nations, under the form of population control, reproductive health, gay rights, gender education and so on. What the world needs nowadays is not limitation of freedom, but real freedom, liberation from sin. Salvation.”

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  6. timothy says:

    God bless you, Sundance

    Liked by 3 people

  7. Jean Malone says:

    Come, Lord Jesus. Come!

    Liked by 6 people

  8. just stevie says:

    Our hope and joy! Come Lord Jesus!

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Dora says:

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  10. Nan says:

    I’m an Eastern Catholic, srarting our church year Sept 1 and we’re on Ephesians 4:1-6, with St Paul telling us we’re Christians and need to act like it.

    We began Phillips fast Nov 15, basically fall lent.


  11. Lanna says:

    Thank you, Menagerie.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. Dora says:

    God Bless and Protect Them

    Liked by 1 person

  13. scrap1ron says:

    Piano Guys are a favorite of mine.


  14. Texian says:

    ‘Tis December..


    It is the Ultimate Mystery.. from our Ancestors to the present.. we have tried to figure it all out..

    After thousands of years.. just admit it.. we are incapable of comprehending it All.. It is the one threshold that requires a leap of Faith..

    All Legends have a core of Truth.. a Mystery to be unraveled.. Treasure to be discovered.. Everlasting Life..

    Books can become corrupted by men.. it doesn’t mean that it is all untrue.. use wisdom.. and discernment..

    It’s all connected.. God’s Creation is mirrored in harmony.. in all that is Good.. You want to know answers about the universe.. muse upon a patch of seaweed in the vast ocean..

    The birth of our Savior is reflected in many things.. mirrored in the actions of heavenly bodies.. and their effect on our world.. it is This because it is His Creation.. It is perfect in its balance.. In its cycles.. cycle upon cycle.. upon cycle.. It is Endless.. Everlasting..

    As for us on this tiny rock we call Earth.. By mere observations of the heavens and the earth.. I know that He is the Answer.. A Force.. that came to us through a Man.. He is The Door..

    All of us cannot get to Everlasting Life in Harmony with the Creator of the Universe.. unless we go through the Doorway He sent us.. A Doorway manifested in someone we could relate to.. someone who looked like us.. I mean.. how more plain could He make it Be..

    Through a Man called Jesus Christ.. somebody had to do it.. might as well be Him..

    The Life Force of the Universe.. The Creator.. God.. was sent to us.. through one of our own.. because the Creator of the Heavens found us worthy..

    We all only have one chance.. So don’t blow it..




    In their purest form.. from the Heart.. they have a Purpose.. a Power.. an Everlasting one..

    Just sayin’..

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  15. LafnH20 says:

    They shall beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
    one nation shall not raise the sword against another,
    nor shall they train for war again.
    O house of Jacob, come,
    let us walk in the light of the Lord!



  16. Karen says:

    God be with us all ,throughout the world.
    Come Jesus, Come.


  17. pacnwbel says:

    The first Sunday of advent in the Anglican Church of America begins with the great litany of repentance, followed by lighting the first candle of the Advent wreath. A short lesson/prayer is offered by a parish family with each Sunday’s lighting, symbolic of hope, faith love and joy.
    Later in the day comes the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, This is a beautiful service of scripture readings and music designed to calm the soul and reflect upon the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Wishing you all the essence of the Advent season.

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  18. Sepp says:

    Perhaps a few readers here might appreciate this website below.

    Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, points the way to the Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ. His love for the Holy Trinity was immeasurable.

    The Saint Nicholas Center’s website is a treasury of materials: Prayers, sermons, recipes, history, art, music, architecture, books, films, children’s activities, church gazetteer, and so forth.

    Liked by 2 people

  19. mopar2016 says:

    Thank you Menagerie for the wonderful message, so beautiful.
    God bless.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. popcorn says:



  21. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Thank you and Bless you, Menagerie..beautiful message
    Merry CHRISTmas, Dear Treepers.


  22. cliffaheadwolvesbehind says:

    So late today getting to this post.
    So busy working forgot it was advent.😕
    Thank you!


  23. Mikey likes it! says:

    I have been reading here for about a year now. I have learned a lot and keep learning every day. This is a place that I trust. So to all of You here and especially Sundance I just want to say Merry Christmas to all of You!


  24. Frank says:

    Thought you might like this. The song is called Et misericordia, from the Magnificat suite composed by Kim André Arnesen. Here it is performed by the Nidaros Cathedral Girls’ Choir and Trondheim Soloists.


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