As we enter into this Advent season, let us contemplate the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. First, we look back, remembering that Jesus, the eternal Son of God has already come! He condescended himself, clothed in the fullness of humanity, to save fallen men from the bondage of sin and death. To God be praise! The gift of recollection brings into the present, the sublime joy of our salvation in Christ, positioning the heart in a posture of thanksgiving.
At the same time, Advent causes us to look forward in anticipation of Christ’s return- “He will come again to judge both the quick and the dead”- and so we act upon the words of the prophet crying unto us from the wilderness, “Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.” During Advent we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord through reflection, prayer, and penitence. To help guide the Advent journey, we are happy to offer ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ an Advent Devotional developed and provided by the Cranmer Theological House, a Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Dallas, Texas. We hope this devotional helps guide your Advent meditation and contemplation.
Fr. Michael Vinson
A Priest of the Anglican Oratory