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Advent meditations week 1: Rod of Jesse

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Sunday 1 December 2013

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny
From depths of Hell Thy people save
And give them victory o’er the grave
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

The Tree of Jesse window at Chartres Cathedral
The Tree of Jesse window at Chartres Cathedral


 Meditation for Sunday 1 December

A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 11.1-2

O come, thou Rod of Jesse free thine own from Satan’s tyranny.

Isaiah describes a new order where we are reconciled to one another and to God to live in peace. This theme of God’s power to bring peace runs right the way through our spiritual family tree back to our earliest origins.

In our longing for God to be with us, let us trace back our journey of faith to those people who taught us, who loved us and who shaped us to become who we are. Let us remember those who showed us something more about ourselves and gave us a glimpse of the person God would wish us to become.

Humankind, full of all creative possibilities, is God’s work. Humankind alone is called to assist God. Humankind is called to co-create. With nature’s help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life-sustaining.

Hildegard of Bingen

Introduction to our meditations

Meditation for Monday 2 December 2013

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