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Singing hope

Light your Advent journey with songs from around the world

“People, look east. The time is near of the crowning of the year," begins this French Advent carol (With One Voice, 626). "Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth and set the table."

Too often we feel unable to do all of the trimming and table setting, planning and shopping that December seems to require of us. How easy it is to miss the heart of this season, a people waiting together in hope for the coming of "Love, the Guest."

The whole creation is alive with anticipation, this carol tells us, echoing the prophet Isaiah. Stars watch the dark sky for a light brighter than any other, furrows await the seed, peaks and valleys hum the news, "The Lord is coming, the Lord is coming."


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