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Come Lord Jesus

On 10th December we read thoughts by Dennis Scott on the Advent hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. Here are further considerations to ponder.

Some time ago, Fr. William George Rutler hosted a show about the hymn “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” from his Stories of Hymns. The following ten thoughts about the Advent season are transcribed from this hymn:

10. The Church ritualizes anticipation, because the Church alone in her wisdom knows what we are waiting for. We have a season dedicated to waiting.

9. The name Advent itself means “the approach” or “the coming” of the Lord and of nothing less than our Lord.

8. The season of Advent has become a lost liturgical season. We live in the time of instant gratification because we do not expect great things. We want little things to come immediately to substitute for the great glory that is about to be revealed.

7. Patience is a virtue precisely because it conditions the mind and the will to anticipate that for which the world was made.

6. We should examine our liturgical conscience and ask ourselves, “What have we done to Advent?”

5. Advent does not require the strict kind of penance and mortification that Lent does but it does involve some sort of examination of conscience, some sort of self-denial, some sort of sober anticipation. And yet, when do we have our Christmas parties?

4. How many of us, without thinking, celebrate Christmas at the beginning of the four weeks of anticipation, thus missing both the gift of waiting and the gift of receiving?

3. There are twelve days for celebrating the Incarnation of our Lord. And what happens then? The day after, December 26, what kind of celebration goes on? What happens in those great Twelve Days of Christmas?

2. The Church has wonderful hymns for Advent, and if we don’t keep Advent, we are going to miss them. We know one very well, and because we’ve lost Advent, we tend to think of it as a Christmas hymn: “O Come O Come Emmanuel.”

1. The very last line of the Bible cries out, “Come Lord Jesus!” The Lord wants us to anticipate nothing less than Himself.

(Mark Price)