Advent has begun
Today we ring in the new Church year
Light the first candle
Read Scripture again to plant it in our hearts
Hang the first Jesse Tree Ornament.
But the manger sits empty,
To remind us to sing and pray
the appropriate words of Martin Luther (after Ambrose of Milan 340-397):
Savior of the nations, come!
Virgin's Son, make here your home.
Marvel now, both heaven and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.
Wondrous birth! Oh, wondrous child
of the Virgin undefiled!
Mighty God and Mary's son,
eager now his race to run!
Thus on earth the word appears,
gracing his created spheres;
hence to death and hell descends,
then the heavenly throne ascends.
Come, O Father's saving Son,
who o'er sin the victory won.
Boundless shall your kingdom be;
grant that we its glories see.
Music: Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland (16th C)
Words: Martin Luther (16th C)