Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Second Week of Advent: Peace

"Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Thine only-begotten Son, that through His coming we may be worthy to serve Thee with purified minds. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen." - Traditional Advent prayer

The word "advent" comes from the Latin - advenio - which means "coming to"... is the time when we focus on Christ "coming to" the world. The Second week of Advent focuses on Peace...the Peace of the Lord, Peace on Earth, Peace to All Mankind.

"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord our righteousness." - Jeremiah 33:14-16