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Advent Meditation: a New Spirit I will Put Within You

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Friday 20 December 2013

A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36.26

Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World with the ever-present readiness of Christ on the other side of the door is a reminder of the constant opportunity to seize the moment and open the latch of our hearts to the gift of Christ. Bululalow from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, which he wrote in 1942 for treble chorus and harp, expresses the intimacy and beauty of Christ embedded in the human spirit:

O my deare hert, young Jesu sweit
Prepare thy creddil in my spreit
And I sall rock thee to my hert
And never mair from thee depart
But I sall praise thee evermore
With sanges sweit unto thy gloir
The knees of my hert I sall bow
And sing that richt Bululalow.

Middle English, from English Galaxy of Shorter Poems edited by Gerald Bullet

O God, let me be ready and alert to praise you in my heart in every moment. Amen.

Introduction to our meditations

Meditation for Thursday 19 December 2013

Meditation for Saturday 21 December 2013

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