Fourth Sunday of Advent
Christ came to bring us salvation and has promised to come again. Let us pray that we may be always ready to welcome him. Come, Lord Jesus. (from Intercessions for the Blessing of an Advent Wreath)
Lord God, in Judges Deborah sang, "may those who love you be like the sun rising in its might." Each day we welcome an ancient light anew, so ancient that we trust it will be there when along with our waking. In our part of the world, today is the winter solstice, when the amount of light in our days begins to increase after months of shortening.
The angel Gabriel greeted Mary, "Hail, full of grace!" And still, the Holy Spirit could overshadow her to conceive in her womb and bear a son, the Dawn of our Salvation. May he strengthen us with His power, "according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages", yet shining upon us eternally.
O Come, O Radiant Dawn, to Alleluia!