Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
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[LC] Advent 4

Today is the fourth Sunday in Advent.

On this day, we think about Mary's part in the Christmas story.

She had a lot to lose. And she did lose a lot, later, but not in ways that she anticipated -- more about that when Epiphany rolls round.
And yet -- knowing all this, and acknowledging the unknowns -- she was prepared to be obedient to God, to play her part in His plan.

In the Roman Catholic tradition, Mary is revered for many excellent reasons, but in the Reformed tradition with which I'm more familiar, it is her obedience which is remembered.

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame.
"All hail" said he "thou 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 Emanuel, by seers foretold
Most highly favored lady."
Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head:
"To me be as it pleaseth God," she said,
"My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name."
Most highly favored lady.
Gloria!

Of her, Emanuel the Christ was born,
In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn.
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say:
"Most highly favored lady,
Gloria!"

        A traditional Basque carol,
        paraphrased by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924)


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