Day 20 of Advent: O Come All Ye Faithful

One of my favorite Christmas carols is the song, O Come All Ye Faithful. And the resounding phrase at the end of each stanza is “O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.” Let me ask you, how are you adoring Christ this Christmas season? Where does your adoration lie and in whom? How are you adoring Christ as Lord in your thoughts, marriage, friendships, finances, worship, etc? The story of Christmas is one of remembrance. God remembered us and did not abandon us; in His coming Christ would bring reconciliation between sinful human beings and a holy and perfect God. So come, let us adore him Christ the Lord, this Advent season and all year long!

O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant
Oh come ye O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him born the King of angels;
O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.

God of God light of light
Lo he not the virgin’s womb;
Very God begotten not created:
O come let us adore him Christ The Lord.

Sing choirs of angels sing in exultation
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God in the highest:
O come, let us adore him, Christ The Lord

See how the shepards summoned to his cradel,
leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear
we too will thither hend our joyful footsteps;
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given;
word of the Father, now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

A General Thanksgiving prayer from The Book of Common Prayer:

Almighty God, Father of all mercies, we your unworthy servants give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all whom you have made. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your immeasurable love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. And, we pray, give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving up our selves to your service, and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory throughout all ages. Amen.

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