12.5 Advent Devotional

What Child is This

What child is this, who, laid to rest,
on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste to bring him laud,
the babe, the son of Mary!

Scripture - Luke 1:46-55

46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
    and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
    to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Devotion - Mary's Song

 

Mary’s Song is a dramatic moment in Luke’s telling of the Advent story, with words drawn from ancient Jewish/Christian canticles and early Christian hymns that affirm the fulfillment of the promise of God to Abraham (Gen. 12: 1 – 3), and the prophesy of Isaiah (Is. 7: 13 – 15).

 

Mary expresses deep humility, thanks and praise to God in spite of the cultural shame and humiliation brought upon her and her betrothed, Joseph.  This must have been amazing moment for her as she became aware of the presence of the divine in her body.

 

This passage is a regular part of worship liturgy in some Christian denominations as part of Evensong and Vespers.  It is also, of course, utilized in the celebration of Advent.  Many composers over the centuries have set these words to music.  

Emily Brown

Breath of Heaven performed Rachael McConnell, written by Amy Grant and Chris Eaton

Many of us find that an intentional practice is important as part of our Advent reflections and you may want to consider this one. The Hunger Action Team suggests you set aside one food item or a small amount of money each day to stock the Food Pantry at North Raleigh Ministries. Click here for more information.

SUNDAY SCHEDULE

Beginning April 18th, we will begin having worship in the Sanctuary, alternating weeks with outdoor worship.  We will continue to have worship services available online. Presently our church building is closed.  We will give appropriate notice when our building opens again for various group activities.  Thank you for your understanding and patience. Worship, educational groups and other activities continue to happen virtually. The building is closed, but the church is open.

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