Reflections from Seminary Students

A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Eschaton

December 26th, 2011 § 1 Comment

It is the day after Christmas. If you are anything like me this day feels as empty as boxes and tumbleweeds of wrapping paper surrounding a still nicely decorated, but significantly dry conifer.  We have waited, longed for, and anticipated Christmas Day–the 25th of December. Anticipated the Advent of Christ, the coming of Emmanuel.  But, now on the the 26th, Advent and our waiting has come and gone.  It seems that Jesus too has come and gone.  Now what?

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A Monday Evening Advent Reading: My Soul in Stillness Waits

December 19th, 2011 § 0 Comments

Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia.

God-with-us, King, Dawn, Key, Root, Lord, Wisdom.

from Flickr user Lawrence OP

These are the O Antiphons. Continuing our theme of asking who we are waiting for, each of these titles refers to Isaiah’s prophecies of the one to come. You’ll note the bolded letters above in the Latin titles, which spell out “ero cras,” which means, “Tomorrow, I will come.”

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A Monday Evening Advent Reading:What are We Waiting for?

December 12th, 2011 § 0 Comments

Much of advent is about waiting.  But what are we waiting for and what were people waiting for before the first Christmas?Are we only waiting for that day to finally come when we can unwrap the presents under the tree celebrate the birth of God in human flesh.  The day when God becomes with us. Emmanuel, God is with us. What does this mean that God is with us?  What are the implications of God living among us? How should Christmas change our lives?

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A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Annunciation

December 5th, 2011 § 3 Comments

I checked out a book from the library a couple weeks ago, in anticipation of Advent. Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas. It’s a great collection. One of my classmates, Jessica, showed it to me last year.

But as I opened it when I returned home, a note fell out. It said, “Ecce Ancilla Domini (The Annunciation), 1849, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Tate Gallery London.”

I’d never heard of this work of art before, and considering it mentioned the Annunciation it seemed related and coincidental enough to count for a day of Advent reflection. So I looked it up.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Ecce Ancilla Domini

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A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Life-Light

November 28th, 2011 § 1 Comment

Advent is upon us!  Like Lent and Holy Week, advent is a special time in the church calendar where different themes, practices and scriptures are highlighted. We at the SPS blog want to feature the Advent season and emphasize what we find most meaningful in the weeks approaching and anticipating Christmas.

When I was a kid there were at least two days that I would attend church with my grandparents; both were in Advent.  My sister and I usually got to light a candle for one of the Sundays of Advent.  In the Presbyterian tradition Advent is celebrated by candle lighting: three purple candles signifying hope, peace and joy, one pink candle symbolic of love and in the center one white candle which is lit on Christmas eve to signify the coming of Christ.  Christmas eve was the other service that I always attended where everyone would get to hold a candle lit from the Christ candle.

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