An Advent Poem

Poetry just seems right in Advent. Here’s a contribution of mine… Instructions for Making Appropriate Preparations  Light a candle. Carry a flower. Hear a song. Simple when the wick is long and dry, where the blooms multiply, with plenty of angels to choose from. But now the fuel is damp and dark, here the earth … Continue reading


Coming out of the morning showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey with Christie, we discovered that in an elementary school in Connecticut, a school like the one our oldest son and daughter attend here in Texas, dozens were killed in a shooting, many of them children. Already, the condolences are pouring out, as well … Continue reading

That Christmas Feeling

I’m not sure I’m ready for Advent to be over, yet. That seems strange to say, or even feel. But I love Advent’s sense of expectation, of hope, of breathless desire. Moreover, I feel like I’m not ready for Christmas to be here. Not everything is ready at home, I haven’t made things right with … Continue reading

O Emmanuel (December 23)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=freedom&iid=5067290″ src=”a/8/0/9/Woman_with_son_25c3.jpg?adImageId=8552829&imageId=5067290″ width=”234″ height=”186″ /]O EMMANUEL, our ruler and lawgiver, the expectation and savior of the nations: Come and set us free, O Lord our God. O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lowly exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come … Continue reading

O Rex Gentium (December 22)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=crowd&iid=5094860″ src=”a/7/c/3/Colorful_Peace_flag_4550.jpg?adImageId=8517622&imageId=5094860″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]O RULER OF THE GENTILES, their treasure and the cornerstone that binds them in one: Come and save those whom you formed from the dust. O come, Desire of nations bind all peoples in one heart and mind. From dust thou brought us forth to life; deliver us … Continue reading

O Oriens (December 21)

O DAWN from on high, splendor of God’s light and sun of justice: Come and enlighten those who sit in darkness, in the shadow of death. O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thy justice here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel … Continue reading

O Clavis David (December 20)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=prisoner&iid=307008″ src=”0303/0000303718.jpg?adImageId=8500191&imageId=307008″ width=”234″ height=”151″ /]O KEY OF DAVID and scepter of Israel: You open and no one shall shut; you shut and no one shall open. Come and release from the prison house those who sit in darkness, in the shadow of death. O come, thou Key of David, come, and open … Continue reading

O Radix Jesse (December 19)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=root&iid=5063504″ src=”6/e/9/1/Waterfall_in_forest_0085.jpg?adImageId=8498492&imageId=5063504″ width=”234″ height=”350″ /]O ROOT OF JESSE: You stand as a signal before your people. Monarchs close their mouths because of you; to you all nations shall bow. Come and deliver us without delay. O come, thou Root of Jesse’s tree, an ensign of thy people be; before thee rulers silent … Continue reading

O Adonai (December 18)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=leader&iid=247013″ src=”0243/22916408-89af-4b7c-8d46-136aac9ed805.jpg?adImageId=8498475&imageId=247013″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]O ADONAI, leader of the house of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the burning bush, and at Sinai gave him the Law. Come and redeem us by your outstretched arm. O come, O come, great Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient … Continue reading

O Sapientia (December 17)

[picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=teach&iid=310186″ src=”0306/0000306931.jpg?adImageId=8498440&imageId=310186″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /]O WISDOM, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from one end of the earth to the other: You order all things well with strength and gentleness. Come and teach us the way of knowledge. O come, thou wisdom from on high, and order all … Continue reading