Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.
Readings (Click the links to see the readings)
(6th December is the Feast of St Nicolas, a.k.a. Santa Claus.)
December's wild collective madness strikes!
Remote from human suffering at the Pole,
I cannot soil the Incarnation's gift
Give me the God whose feet have touched the ground
December's now the torment of my year;
Giovanni di Paolo (Italy, c. 1399–1482). Saint John the Baptist Entering the Wilderness (c.1455-60). Art Institute of Chicago.
God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of your Word made flesh. Make us a people of this light. Keep us faithful to your Word that we may bring your life to the waiting world. We ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah), twelth movement from The Armed Man: a mass for peace (1999), by Karl Jenkins; dedicated to victims of the Kosovo crisis.
Guy Johnston (cello), The London Philharmonic and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, conducted by Karl Jenkins. Venture CD, 2001.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.