text: congregations, communities and individuals who follow a weekly lectionary [such as the revised common lectionary, or a daily lectionary, such as the anglican daily office] find themselves drinking from a well that is both deep and wide: the depth is found because the person receiving the text is tied to the tradition and traditions of the last 2000 years — people of faith in the historical church have followed these rhythms and have read these texts (“lections”) for centuries; there’s a horizontal aspect as well, because in any given hour, the same (daily, weekly) lectionary texts are being used in cities and towns across the globe — large urban churches, and small underground prayer groups; gothic cathedrals and unadorned monastic cells; college dorm rooms, and wall street breakrooms…
marginalia: lectionary also ties together people of other faith traditions — ecumenical in the best sense of the word.
marginalia: "Holy" screams the wind and traffic as slamming dumpsters provide the tympani punctuation and the man in sunglasses steers the boat and its motor-sound passes by. then the tiny waves plit-plat against these rocky banks.
Ever faithful God,
your prophets foretold the coming of the light.
In your name they promised
that the eyes of the blind would be opened.
We confidently await the coming of your Son,
and the day when he will gather all people
to live in your light, for ever and ever.
[source: Celtic Primer]
First Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2008
Isaiah 64:1-9 (NRSV)