An Advent Meditation
The Collects for the Fourth Sunday in Advent
O LORD, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might succor us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness, we are sore let and hindered in running the race that is set before us, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through the satisfaction of thy Son our Lord, to whom, with thee and the Holy Ghost, be honor and glory, world without end. Amen.
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious Majesty, to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, now and ever. Amen.
St. Luke 2:21-22
Joseph and Mary name the child after His circumcision. The was the customary time for naming. In the Church, a child is given his or her Christian name when he or she is baptized. Joseph and Mary also brought the child to the Temple to fulﬁll the rights of puriﬁcation and to dedicate the ﬁrst-born child to God. These were part of the Old Testament requirements (Leviticus 12:6-8).
* How does Jesusʼ circumcision fulﬁll the law?
Jesus was born under the law according to St. Paul (Galatians 4:4) in order that He might redeem us who were under the condemnation of the law. If Jesus had not been born under the law we would not be saved from our sins. Jesus was born under the law so that he could die for our sins. Jesus was born under the law so that He could live for our righteousness by keeping, from His birth to His death, all the requirements of the Law.
* What is every ﬁrst-born child called?
* What sacriﬁce did Joseph and Mary bring?
Culled from “Advent Readings” sent by Reverend Michael+ Harkness to the members of St. Timothy Anglican Church.