2nd Sunday of Advent: Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming

  The beautiful hymn “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming” (originally the 16th century German song “Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen”) is one of my favorite songs of the Advent Season.  It draws its inspiration from the following Messianic passage from the Prophet Isaiah: There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a […]

The Reasons for the Season . . . of Advent (1st Sunday)

Mary, heavy with Child, and Joseph are just now leaving Nazareth; the Magi are still far from Bethlehem, doggedly following a strange star in the heavens. Only the still unsuspecting Herod is making merry. There is time yet, so let’s make the most of it.