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    Advent Readings 2005

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    Eric Costa & John Hendryx

    Posted by John on December 3, 2005 11:38 AM


    What are advent readings? I have never heard of this term before.

    Joyful anticipation of the coming of the Lord

    Advent comes from the Latin word for an "arrival" or a "coming". Advent means that the Lord is coming and the purpose of the readings is to meditate on Him in joyful anticipation. Jesus Christ,fully Human and fully God about to arrive.

    The Church has her own special liturgical year and calendar in which she presents again the history and unchanging mysteries of our salvation, from Creation to the Second Coming, together with the entire life of the Savior. The vision of life that Advent gives us is twofold; it looks back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem, and it looks to the future when Christ will come again.
    In many churches and denominations Christianity has historically had Bible readings and sermons during Advent include prophecies of the birth of Christ, but primarily they concern the Second Coming, judgment, and eternal rewards.

    Thanks very much for this helpful calendar. Is there any possibility of your continuing with something similar for other seasons of the church year?

    O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

    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, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here; despair the gloomy clouds of night, And death's dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel Shall come to thee, O Israel!

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

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

    Thank you for this website!

    The Lord has led my husband, Vernon, and me to The Truth!! The quote on this site from Spurgeon re: Truth, "A sacred regard to the authority of God ought to lead us to reject error, however old, sanctioned by whatever authority, or however generally practiced" could be part of our testimony.

    I came to this site looking for Advent readings for this year because we will be travelling part of that time. When will these readings be posted?

    God bless you,

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