In the big seasons of the liturgical year my parish prays a sung blessing and dismissal by Michael Joncas and Alan Hommerding.*
Each season has its own special variant. The one for Advent is:
May the blessing of Christ whose coming we celebrate,
whose Advent we await,
be upon you.
Especially appealing here is the fine articulation of Advent's true spirit. All through the year and in a special way at Christmas we celebrate the coming of Christ, the Word made flesh. Yet we are also the people who live in expectation of the Lord's coming again, the Lord whose Advent (coming) we await. This phrasing reminds us that Advent is not only a season, it's also an event whose fulfillment is yet to come.
The same audio widget will remain at the top of the sidebar through the Advent season.
*found in the collection: God of Light Be Praised: Music for Evening Prayer.
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