As our forefathers prepared for the coming of Christ, so we prepare our hearts every year for his arrival on Christmas.
Our preparation is symbolized in many ways: by the interplay of light and darkness at the beginning of Sunday services, gradually increasing light of the Advent wreath, and changing of paraments in the church to blue.
Another way we at St. Paul’s demonstrate our change of seasons is by using different service music. Throughout Advent, our baptismal hymn will be Christ, When for Us You Were Baptized, which connects current baptisms with Christ’s baptism. The Doxology after the Offering will be based on the plainsong tune Conditor Alme. While we won’t be singing the original words to the plainsong during the Doxology (in italics below), the tune and original words are representative of our expectant waiting during Advent.
During this preparatory season, be reminded that “a light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Original words to Conditor Alme: Creator of the stars of night, thy people’s everlasting light. Jesu, Redeemer, save us all, and hear thy servants when they call.