O come, O come, Emmanuel,… [4rd Sunday in Advent]

Today is the Fourth Sunday in Advent in the western Christian traditions. It is also the Shinto rite of Tohji-Taisai. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Soyala continues today.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy,
is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
~ Calvin Coolidge

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Refrain:
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 teach us in her ways to go.
(Refrain)

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height
in ancient times did give the law
in cloud and majesty and awe.
(Refrain)

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse’s stem,
from ev’ry foe deliver them
that trust Thy mighty power to save,
and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.
(Refrain)

O come, Thou Key of David, come
and open wide our heav’nly home;
make safe the way that leads on high
that we no more have cause to sigh.
(Refrain)

O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
and cheer us by thy drawing nigh;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night
and death’s dark shadow put to flight.
(Refrain)

O come, Desire of the nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid every strife and quarrel cease
and fill the world with heaven’s peace.
(Refrain)

(19th Century Christmas Hymn)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am love and I radiate love to the world around me.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

My soul lifts up the Lord! [3rd Sunday in Advent]

Today is the Third Sunday in Advent in the western Christian traditions. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

It is now, at Advent, that I am given the chance to suspend all expectation…
and instead to revel in the mystery.
~ Jerusalem Jackson Greer, A Homemade Year:…

My soul lifts up the Lord!
My spirit celebrates God, my Liberator!
For though I’m God’s humble servant,
God has noticed me.
Now and forever,
I will be considered blessed by all generations.
For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
holy is God’s name!
From generation to generation,
God’s loving-kindness endures
for those who revere Him.

God’s arm has accomplished mighty deeds.
The proud in mind and heart,
God has sent away in disarray.
The rulers from their high positions of power,
God has brought down low.
And those who were humble and lowly,
God has elevated with dignity.
The hungry—God has filled with fine food.
The rich—God has dismissed with nothing in their hands.
To Israel, God’s servant,
God has given help,
As promised to our ancestors,
remembering Abraham and his descendants in mercy forever.

(Magnificat, Luke 1:46-55 [The Voice])

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am a Spiritual Being manifested in a physical body.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

God of power and mercy,… [2nd Sunday in Advent]

Today is the Second Sunday in Advent in the western Christian traditions. The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

Advent is the perfect time to clear and prepare the Way. Advent is a winter training camp for those who desire peace. By reflection and prayer, by reading and meditation, we can make our hearts a place where a blessing of peace would desire to abide and where the birth of the Prince of Peace might take place.
~ Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Advent prayer from Catholic Online)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I embrace the teacher within.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

O Rising Sun, …

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

A thousand candles can be lit from the flame of one candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.
~ Buddha

O Rising Sun,
You are the splendor of eternal light
and the sun of justice.
O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness
and in the shadow of death.

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
our spirits by Thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight:

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

(Advent prayer from Celtic Daily Prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am master of my being and can fully relax at will,
my mind dwells on harmonious and peaceful thoughts.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Gracious God, there’s so much waiting…

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern.
Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.
~ Mohammed Naguib

Gracious God, there’s so much waiting in my life. I wait in lines, I wait for a better job, I wait for others, I wait for financial security, I wait for a doctor’s report, I wait for love, I wait for pain to abate, and I even wait for death. Sometimes the waiting erodes my joy and fills me with dread. Help me find waiting to be the friend that invites me into the spaciousness of stillness. Give me the grace to refrain from rushing ahead in order to bring waiting to an end. Instead, let me find joy in the waiting itself. I ask this for the sake of your love.
Amen

(Source: explorefaith.org)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am master of my being and can fully relax at will,
my mind dwells on harmonious and peaceful thoughts.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

Lord God, only you can see…

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako continues today.

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
~ Buddha

Lord God,
only you can see into my heart and know
that under all the busy-ness of my life,
there is a deep longing
to make this Advent one that welcomes you
more deeply into my own life.

My heart desires the warmth of your love
and my minds searches for your Light
in the midst of the darkness

Help me to be a peacemaker this Advent
and to give special love to those
who disagree with me.
give me the strength and courage
to forgive those who have hurt me.

Help me to free my heart
from the prison of my anger and hurt.

(Creighton University Online Ministries)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am master of my being and can fully relax at will,
my mind dwells on harmonious and peaceful thoughts.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

 

God of comfort, …

The Hopi & Zuni Festival of Shalako and the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah continue today.

Advent is concerned with that very connection between memory and hope which is so necessary to man. Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us, namely, the memory of the God who became a child.… It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken in all of us memories of goodness and thus to open doors of hope.
~ Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which Is Above

God of comfort, these times seem so uncertain, so scary. The world seems darker than it has in the past and I am less sure of myself. Maybe that’s a good thing; maybe now I am turning to you with a realization that I need you so much more and that my life is not in my own control. Let me not forget all of those around the world who are frightened at this moment. Help those who are victims of terrorism and war. Be with those who have lost so much in the past year. Hold us all in your loving arms and let us be comforted by the strength and peace you want to much to offer us through the birth of your son, Jesus. Thank you for the many gifts you offer us.

(Creighton University’s Online Ministries)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am master of my being and can fully relax at will,
my mind dwells on harmonious and peaceful thoughts.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)