Advent Reflections 2015

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The Ninth Day of Christmas

"Out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger." (Psalm 8:2, from the Introit for Christmas 2)

The Second Sunday After Christmas

"And hearing that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in the place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and having been warned in a dream he withdrew to the region of Galilee." (Matthew 2:22)

The Eleventh Day of Christmas

"Then He said, 'I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you a great nation.'"(Genesis 46:1)

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

"Beloved, do not be astonished at the fiery ordeal that is going to test you as though something strange were happening to you but rejoice insofar as you share in the suffering of Christ, so that you may rejoice exulting in the glory of his revealing." (1 Peter 4:12)

The First Sunday of Advent

"And they brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks and He sat on them." (Matthew 21:7)

St. Andrew, Apostle

"He [Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and said to him, 'We have found the Messiah, which is translated, Christ.'" (John 1:42)

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

"Besides this, you know the time, because the hour has already come for you to be awakened from sleep. For your salvation is nearer to us than when we first believed." (Romans 13:11)

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

"I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth." (Small Catechism: Creed, First Article Part 1)

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

"Judah will be saved in His days and Israel will dwell in security. And this is the name with which He will be called, 'The Lord is our righteousness.'"

Friday of the First Week of Advent

"For we were not following clever myths when we made known to you the power and the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we became eyewitnesses of his majesty." (2 Peter 1:16)

Saturday of the First Week of Advent

"Daughter of Zion, behold, surely your salvation is coming. The Lord will cause His glorious voice to be heard, and you shall have gladness of heart." (Isaiah 20:29, 30; 62:11, from the Introit for Advent 2)

The Second Sunday of Advent

"And then they will see the Son of Man coming in the cloud with power and great glory." (Luke 21:27)

Monday of the Second Week of Advent

"He will smelt and purify silver and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord..." (Malachi 4:3)

Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

"For what was written beforehand was written for your instruction, so that through longsuffering and through the comfort of the Scriptures you would have hope." (Romans 15:4)

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

"I believe that God has made me and all creatures.." (Small Catechism: First Article, Part 2)

Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

"In this the love of God was epiphanied among us that God sent His only-begotten Son into the cosmos so that we would live through Him..."

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

"Whoever has the Son has life and whoever doesn't have the Son doesn't have life." (1 John 5:12)

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

"Rejoice in the Lord always. Again will I say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand."(Philippians 4:4-5, from the Introit for Advent 3)

The Third Sunday of Advent

"Now when John heard in prison the works of Christ he sent word through his disciples, 'Are you the Advent One or should we look for another?'" (Matthew 11:2-3)

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

"Comfort, Comfort my people, says your God." (Isaiah 40:1)

Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

"But for me it is a very small thing that that I should be judged by you or any human court. But I don't even judge myself." (1 Corinthians 4:3)

Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

"He defends me against all danger and guards and protects me from all evil. All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me." (Small Catechism: First Article, Part 3)

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

"And they sang a new song saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and you have bought for God with your blood all tribes, tongues, peoples, and nations.'" (Revelation 5:9-10)

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

"And those ransomed by the Lord will return and come to Zion with merriment; eternal merriment will be on their heads; and they shall obtain great joy and merriment and distress and pain and sighing will flee away..." (Isaiah 35:10)

Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

"Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout." (Isaiah 45:8, from the Introit for Advent 4)

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

"John answered them saying, 'I baptize with water but among you stands one you do not know the One coming after me, I am not worthy to untie the strap of His sandal.'" (John 1:26-27)

St. Thomas, Apostle

"So the other disciples told him, 'We have seen the Lord.' But he said to them, 'Unless I see in his hands the marks of the nails and thrust my finger into the marks of the nails and thrust my hand into His side, I will never believe.'" (John 20:25)

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"Rejoice in the Lord always! Again, I say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is near!" (Philippians 4:4-5)

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

"I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of His Father from all eternity and true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord." (Small Catechism: Second Article, Part 1)

The Nativity of Our Lord - Christmas Eve

"Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. The Virgin will conceive and bear a Son and shall call His name Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)

The Nativity of Our Lord - Christmas Day

"And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." (Luke 2:7)

St. Stephen, Martyr

"And failing on his knees he cried out with a great voice, 'Lord, do not hold this sin against them.' Then, he fell asleep." (Acts 7:60)

St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

"And the word came out among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; but Jesus didn't say that he would not die but, "If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is it to you?" (John 21:23)

The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

"When they had gone away, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph saying, 'Rise, take the Child and flee to Egypt and remain there until I tell for Herod is going to seek the Child to destroy Him." (Matthew 2:13)

The Fifth Day of Christmas

When the fullness of time came, God sent His Son, born under the Law to buy back those under the Law, so that we would receive the inheritance as sons." (Galatians 4:4-5)

The Sixth Day of Christmas

"..who has redeemed me a lost and condemn person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil."

Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

"Stay dressed for action and keep your lamp burning and be like men looking forward to their lord coming from a wedding feast, so that when he comes and knocks, they might open immediately." (Luke 12:35-36)

Circumcision and Name of Jesus

"And when eight day were completed, when He was circumcised, He was called 'Jesus,' the named called Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb." (Luke 2:21)