Sun, Dec 09 | St. James Parish

Advent Service of Lessons & Carols

The carols do not sing of Jesus in a manger but they are filled with the words, “O Come, O come, Emmanuel. The readings for Lessons and Carols have a story to tell of the age-old longing for the salvation of God’s people, even from the beginning of the world.
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Advent Service of Lessons & Carols

Time & Location

Dec 09, 2018, 10:15 AM
St. James Parish, 3 Mountain Rd, Farmington, CT 06032, USA

About The Event

Advent Lessons and Carols will be offered during the 10:15 am service, Sunday, December 9th, the Second Sunday of Advent. The carols have a specific Advent feel, as they call us to focus on the long-expected, much anticipated, return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The carols do not sing of Jesus in a manger but they cry out to God, “Comfort, O, comfort my people!” They are filled with the words, “O Come, O come, Emmanuel; and ransom captive Israel ...” Advent is bristling with anticipation, but not for Christmas. Rather, Advent longs for the return of Christ who will make a new heaven and a new earth; the coming of the Holy One who will make all things new. The readings for Lessons and Carols have a story to tell of the age-old longing for the salvation of God’s people, even from the beginning of the world. The prophets prayed and anticipated the deliverance of humanity, a yearning that we, as Christians, continue to note, stoke, and live in. Lessons and Carols acknowledge that God is nigh but, at the last, we cry out, “How long, O Lord … Come, thou long–expected Jesus!”

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