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December 12, 2004

Advent - The Third Sunday

Tonight we lit the Shepherd's candle, the rose-colored joy candle. Advent has been such a special time for me this year, even though my focus was originally helping the children understand Christmas and prepare their hearts. With the craziness of the Orange Revolution and how quickly Christmas seems to be coming, the nightly ritual of lighting the candles, praying and singing has been so calming for me.

The following are the Bible passages we're reading during the third week of Advent.

Sun. Luke 1:5-13
Mon. Luke 1:14-17
Tue. Luke 1:18-25
Wed. Luke 1:39-45
Thu. Luke 1:46-56
Fri. Luke 1:57-66
Sat. Luke 1:67-80

One of my favorite Christmas songs when I was a child was Angels We Have Heard on High. I remember singing with the children's choir at a local Baptist church when I was in 4th grade,. I loved the Glo-o-oria! parts and would feel so joyful--and a bit lightheaded. Tonight was the first time we sang it this year, and it seems to fit perfectly with this week of Advent.

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing oer the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Listen to the tune at CyberHymnal.


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I love your site! Great stuff about Advent and it's wonderful to read all your posts on the Orange Revolution. I will be back!

Posted by: Mark at December 12, 2004 08:38 PM

I have been SO enjoying our advent wreath ceremonies. Sounds wonderful for your family too.

Posted by: Kathy at December 14, 2004 06:28 AM

Yesterday I played Angels We Have Heard on High several times so the kids could learn it, and by the end not-quite-two-year-old Lilian was singing the Gloria part! It's such a great song, and so sweet to hear your little ones singing it.

Posted by: Kelly at December 23, 2004 05:19 AM

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