How about everyone forget hostilities and enjoy Advent. Let's remember our Savior's first coming and look forward to His return. I'm enjoying our first snow (in spite of the aches I got from shoveling that heavy stuff). I went to a beautiful Christmas pageant yesterday. I've been playing and singing Advent hymns. One of my favorites is "Lift up Your Heads You Mighty Gates."
I wish everyone a calm, relaxing weekend. Rejoice in our Lord and try to forget the petty troubles of everyday life; they aren't worth it. Try not to take things seriously that don't deserve to be taken seriously. There are enough real problems in this world to worry about, and you know what? We won't even do any good if we worry about those. For those of you who have serious problems - illness, unemployment, grief, or other problems - I pray that the Lord will be with you and bless you. Here's another Advent hymn I like:
Oh, Welsie, that is absolutely one of my favorites. I also love "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry," "Hark the Glad Sound," "O Come, O Come, Emmanie." There are so many beautiful ones. I told my pastor this week that I'm glad he doesn't allow Christmas hymns until Christmas. We don't get to hear nearly enough of the Advent hymns.
I have one. I used to buy a wreath of fresh greens that I decorated and placed around a candle holder, but became a bit concerned about the fire hazard, so looked for a replacement. I found a brass one that was made in Israel at an antique store. It's unique - I really like it.
I love Advent! I had big plans last weekend before I broke my ankle, but this week one of the first things I wanted put out was our Advent wreath. Son managed to find the right bin downstairs, and I had already bought a new set of candles before I fell. We got the wreath on the table; what I do is I have five crystal candle holders that we put on a flat plate, and I have fake green garland to go around and in between the candle holders, so it's just a pile of greenery with the candles. It's the three purple, one pink, and the white in the middle. I still can't find the devotions we use every year, but I'm looking this afternoon after my foot rests a little more. If not, I'll find some new ones to use, but looking forward to all of us being at the table together tonight to do them; we're a couple of days late starting but it's been kind of a crazy week
My fellow choir members are going to help me get up to the choir loft tomorrow morning to help sing "And The Glory Of The Lord" from the Messiah. I would not want to miss it!
My very favorite thing every year is the Messiah sing along, and our community one is next Saturday; yeah, hubby is off of work! Love it! I sing sorporano in our church choir, but always sing alto in the Messiah We'll see what choir director wants me to do tomorrow morning; I'm not sure I can hit an A without being able to stand on the pew
Smiley and Granny, I hope you both feel better soon. I hope you can continue to enjoy this blessed Advent season in spite of difficulties.
Regarding Advent wreaths, maybe one of you can answer a question I have. When lighting the candles, do you proceed clockwise or counterclockwise?
I have beeswax candles this year because they don't drip so much. I bought them at the local farmer's market, very nice, lovely scent, but no purple or pink. I do like the natural beeswax color, though.
Love Advent hymns! We sang On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry, Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord, and Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates, among others this week. Can't wait to do O Come Emmanuel, that's my favorite.
Smiley and granny I hope you both feel better soon!
If there's an official answer Welsie, I don't know it. I know the pink candle is the third week, and this year we chose to first light the one opposite the pink. We didn't get a chance last night to sit down together and start the second week, but we'll just pick one.
I have a very elaborate one with a Nativity scene that can be added to throughout the days of Advent until the Christ candle is lit and the Child laid in the manger...but...a 15 month old granddaughter who spends weekends with me will keep it in the box thise year in favor of one that go on the mantel.