An Advent Offering
In the midst of what is, for all too many people, an intensely busy season, let’s make it our aim to celebrate the coming of Christ this Advent, and to prepare our hearts for Him to come to us in fresh ways. Advent starts on December 3rd and finishes on Christmas Eve.
May the words that the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary resonate deeply in our hearts: The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. (Luke 1:35)
We are delighted to share with you a beautiful hymn that takes us right back to Saxon times, and which Sally has turned into another stunning YouTube. It was sung at the coronation of Charlies I’s and has been used at every coronation ever since, coming directly after the creed.
We originally sent this piece out soon after we had recorded it in honour of Malvern’s thousand year-long Christian history – which is nearly as old as this hymn. It is sung for us by Harmony and Patricia Corry, a Canadian opera singer whom the Lord went to amazing lengths for me to meet in Paris in the mid-seventies, and who came back into my life in equally as remarkable a way twenty five years later.
May the words, which appear on the Youtube as well as below, bless you. They are well worth taking to heart.
Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire
and lighten with celestial fire;
thou the anointing Spirit art,
who dost thy seven-fold gifts impart.
Thy blessed unction from above
is comfort, life, and fire of love;
enable with perpetual light
the dullness of our mortal sight.
Teach us to know the Father, Son,
and thee, of both, to be but one,
that through the ages all along
this may be our endless song:
Praise to thine eternal merit,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Let’s light a candle to quiet and prepare our spirits, and to celebrate the promise of His appearance.
If you do not have a candle to hand – Sally has filmed one in her house for us and set it to Scriptural ‘titles’ of the Lord Jesus. May it bring deep stillness – and gird up our hearts to pray for some of the wider issues we have referred to in this edition.