Advent Reflections 2011

November 27, 2011 - The First Sunday of Advent

“Say to the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your king comes to you, humble, and riding on a donkey, and on a foal of a donkey.’” (St. Matthew 21:5)

November 28, 2011 - Monday of the First Week of Advent

“In His days Judah will be saved and Israel will dwell in safety. And this is the name which He will be called: ‘The LORD our righteousness.’” (Jeremiah 23:6)

November 29, 2011 - Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

“Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another, for the one loving fulfills the Law.” (Romans 13:8)

November 30, 2011 - St. Andrew, Apostle

“The next day, John was standing again with two of his disciples and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God!’”

December 1, 2011 - Thursday of the First Week of Advent

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of Heaven and Earth.”

December 2, 2011 - Friday of the First Week of Advent

“For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be upon His shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

December 3, 2011 - 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 30:29; 30:30; 62:11 from the Introit for Advent 2)

December 4, 2011 - The Second Sunday of Advent

“And when these things begin to happen, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (St. Luke 21:28)

December 5, 2011 - Monday of the Second Week of Advent

“For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.” (Malachi 4:1)

December 6, 2011 - Tuesday of the Second Week of Advent

“For whatever was written before, was written for our instruction, so that through steadfastness and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)

December 7, 2011 - Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

“I believe that God has made me and all creatures. He has given me my Body and soul, my eyes, ears, and all my members...”

December 8, 2011 - Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

“He will swallow up death forever and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth for the Lord has spoken.” (Isaiah 25:8)

December 9, 2011 - Friday of the Second Week of Advent

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, so that we would be called children of God, and we are. Because of this, the world doesn’t know us, because they do not know Him.” (1 John 3:1)

December 10, 2011 - 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)

December 11, 2011 - The Third Sunday of Advent

“And John hearing in prison the works of the Christ, sending through his disciples said to him, “Are you the Coming One or should we expect another?” (St. Matthew 11:2-3)

December 12, 2011 - Monday of the Third Week of Advent

“Speak tenderly to Jerusalem and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardon, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:2)

December 13, 2011 - Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

“Therefore do not judge before the time, before the Lord comes, who will light up the things hidden in darkness and show the plans of the heart. Then each one will receive his praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:1-5)

December 14, 2011 - Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent

“And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.” (Second Article of the Apostles Creed)

December 15, 2011 - Thursday of the Third Week of Advent

“Behold the name of the Lord from afar, burning with his wrath, and in weight of lifting clouds, his lips full of indignation, and his tongue like a devouring fire...” (Isaiah 30:27)

December 16, 2011 - Friday of the Third Week of Advent

“Worthy are you, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Revelation 4:6)

December 17, 2011 - Saturday of the Third Week of Advent

“Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down the Righteous One; Let the earth open her womb, and bring forth Salvation.”

December 18, 2011 - The Fourth Sunday of Advent

“I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.” (St. John 1:23)

December 19, 2011 - Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent

“The Lord God will raise up a prophet from among you, out of your brothers, like me–you will listen to him.” (Deuteronomy 18:15)

December 20, 2011 - Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

“Do not be anxious, but in all things by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

December 21, 2011 - St. Thomas, Apostle

“And so when the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord. But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the mark of the nails and thrust my hand into the mark of the nails and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (St. John 20:25)

December 22, 2011 - Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent

“I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from all eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord,”

December 23, 2011 - Friday of the Fourth Week of Advent

“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” (St. Luke 1:41)

December 24, 2011 - The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Eve

“And it happened in those days that a decree when out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.” (St. Luke 2:1)

December 25, 2011 - The Nativity of Our Lord, Christmas Day

“And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the babe lying in a feeding trough.” (St. Luke 1:16)

December 26, 2011 - St. Stephen, the First Martyr

“Because of this, I will send you prophets and wise men and scribes out of whom you will kill and crucify, and out of whom you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from town to town.” (St. Matthew 23:34)

December 27, 2011 - St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

“This is the disciple who is the witness concerning these things and who has written these things and we know his testimony is true.” (St. John 21:24)

December 28, 2011 - The Holy Innocents

“Then Herod, seeing that he had been tricked by the Magi, was furious and sent and killed all the children in Bethlehem and in all the region who were two years and younger, according to the time which he had ascertained from the Magi.” (St. Matthew 2:16)

December 29, 2011 - Thursday of the Week of Christmas

“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.” (Small Catechism, Third Article)

December 30, 2011 - Friday of the Week of Christmas

"And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us and we saw His glory, the glory of the Only Begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (St. John 1:14)

December 31, 2011 - Eve of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

“And when they had done all according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.” (St. Luke 2:36)

January 1, 2012 - The Circumcision and Name of Jesus

“And when eight days were completed, when He was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given to Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.” (St. Luke 2:21)

January 2, 2012 - Monday of the Second Week of Christmas

“And they shall be called ‘the Holy People,’ and the ‘Redeemed of the Lord, and you shall be called Sought Out, a City Not Forsaken.’”

January 3, 2012 - Tuesday of the Second Week of Christmas

“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace according to Your Word,”

January 4, 2012 - Wednesday of the Second Week of Christmas

“I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him.” (Small Catechism, Third Article)

January 5, 2012 - Thursday of the Second Week of Christmas

“When the fullness of time came, God sent forth His Son, born out of a woman, born under the Law, to redeem us from the Law, that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

January 6, 2012 - The Epiphany of Our Lord

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the King, behold Magi from the East came to Jerusalem.”

January 7, 2012 - Saturday after Epiphany

“I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, And the train of His robe filled the temple. And I heard the voice of a great multitude, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!’”