ABOUT ADVENT

About Advent

The four weeks of Advent present Collects that point to the second coming of Jesus:

Advent #1 – Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Advent #2 – Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Advent #3 – Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Advent #4 – Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, on God, now and for ever. Amen. So, what are we to do in response to this message concerning the second coming of Jesus Christ? Well, let’s examine each collect for the answers.

Advent #1 – We need “to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life.” Notice the collect says “now in the time of this mortal life.” Not tomorrow, not when it feels right, now, today. Why? So “we may rise to life immortal through him.”

Advent #2 – We need God to “Give us grace to heed their warnings (prophets) and forsake our sins”. Why? So “that we may greet [him] with joy.” Can we joyfully greet Our Lord and Savior while living in sin?

Advent #3 – We need the Lord to let his “bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us.” Why? “Because we are sorely hindered by our sins.”

Advent #4 – We need Our Lord to “purify our conscience.” Why? So Jesus “may find in us a mansion prepared for himself.” A mansion, not a one room shack. A mansion, because that’s how much we love him.

Advent Greetings,
Bill Sexton, Archdeacon

 

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