Third Advent Reflection
From Zechariah 9:9
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he,
humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations;
his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
from the Book of Common Prayer
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us;
and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins,
let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit,
be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
Reflection on the Incarnation
John Wesley, Hymns for the Nativity, VI (18th century)
Those infant hands
shall burst our bands,
And work out our salvation;
Strangle the crooked serpent,
destroy his works forever,
And open set the heavenly gate
to every true believer.