O Come, Herald of Joy
Advent Reflections 2018
By: Susanna M. Kawolics
These reflections have been prepared in the hope that they enrich your Advent journey. One way to prepare our hearts and more fully experience Jesus’ coming is through deepening and growing in our relationship with God. Because God is so much greater than our minds can even begin to comprehend, we can only know God through glimpses, through reflections. That is what these are: reflections.
The idea of using images of God came to me while reading about the “O Antiphons.” These are different names and images for God, traditionally used during the last week of Advent, December 17th through 23rd. They have been part of the Christian tradition since the 7th or 8th century, and are proclaimed in the hymn “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” I have included them on their traditional days. The other images used are my creations inspired by scripture.
The Bible verses chosen are based on the weekly Revised Common Lectionary readings for Advent and Christmas. The reflections for the Sunday readings begin on the Monday before so that we will have the opportunity to reflect on these Bible verses before hearing them in worship. There is also a prayer to guide each day. By using the first person plural we, I imagine the community of people using this resource to be united in prayer.
I would welcome any of your thoughts, comments, suggestions or reflections as you journey through this Advent season. On this website or my facebook page Advent Reflections, I welcome you to leave and view comments.
As you take time with this booklet, with these prayers, may your reflections deepen your relationship with God so that you may more fully experience the celebration of the coming of Christ.
In Christ’s peace,
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Scripture verses are quoted from An Inclusive-Language Lectionary: Readings for Year B, Copyright 1986 by Division of Education and Ministry, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.
The images of God are the author’s own responses to the scripture verses, except for the traditional “O Antiphons” from December 17 through December 23. All prayerful reflections have been created by the author.
©2018 Susanna M. Kawolics