~In his sermon for the First Sunday of Advent, our pastor encouraged us to keep Advent, and not to allow the secular world to swallow it up into Christmas. Without Advent, we would lose the power and joy of Christmas.
One of the hymns for Advent is the beautiful and haunting Rorate Cœli. It's the first Gregorian chant that the family schola chanted for church since our conversion, so there's a special place in my heart for it. The words of the versicle Rorate cœli desuper et nubes pluant justum stays with you and opens a door to contemplating the season of awaiting upon the Lord.