Carol: "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" - 15th Century German
Tune: ES IST EIN ROS’
We are in the season of Advent. In most of our churches, we will light candles each week as we make our way from darkness to light… make that to THE Light! Choirs will process, lessons supporting each week’s theme will be read from the Old and New Testaments -- and someone needs to stand and say “Let the anticipation begin!” (Okay, yes: I saw THE HUNGER GAMES film series and read the books!)
If no one at your church makes that proclamation in the service, say it to yourself… on this and every day from now until Christmas Eve. Anticipation is a great motivator… and not just with ketchup bottles!
In this wonderful, beautiful fifteenth century hymn set to a sixteenth century tune, we find today’s hymnline. She (Mary) brought forth her Son in order to show God’s love appropriately – showing fallen humankind how God’s love acts! Like the rest of us, she couldn’t make that kind of exposure on her own. You and I are called to show God’s love aright, also. No archangel showed up at the foot of our bed, but a messenger of God – his Spirit – came and set us onto the path toward kindness, compassion, mercy… and, of course, love.
Though we don’t bring Christ into the world physically as Mary did, we DO display him through our lives to people who walk in darkness – when half-spent is their night.
This Advent season, let’s set as one of our major goals showing God’s love aright – properly, authentically.
Let the anticipation begin.
Hear This Carol Sung by Atlanta Chorus Directed by Robert Shawhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=g458-jXkbpU