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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Advent & Christ-Mass 2007

The following is from the introduction to the family Advent & Christ-Mass letter this year which is shared here as a brief Advent & Christ-Mass greeting to you, the reader, and yours:

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
With wings as drifted snow, with eyes as flame:
"All hail to thee, O lowly maiden Mary,
Most highly favored lady." Gloria.

"For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honor thee;
Thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,
Most highly favored lady." Gloria.

Lutheran Service Book, 356, Stanzas 1,2 (Advent)

The Creed echoes the reason for the honor given Mary by the generations, ". . . who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man . . ." God's salvation comes to earth with the Word made flesh. The nations are truly blessed in Christ, who is Emmanuel-God with us, Mary's son.

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