Christmas is almost here!
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
2011 date, December 18; 2012 date, December 22
Link to the Mormon Times article in The Deseret News (coming) and Good Tidings of Great Joy, 116-117.
Earlier posts in this series:
- Original Advent story, found at the second half of our early Christmas greeting
- First Sunday of Advent: Hope
- Second Sunday of Advent: Love
- Third Sunday of Advent: Joy
After lighting all the outer candles, including now the fourth purple candle, I recommend the following passages:
- Isaiah 11:1–10
- Mosiah 15:18–20
- John 14:27
- Philippians 4:7
I suggest that this week’s theme be tied to the unfolding Christmas story by reading the account of the Annunciation to Joseph from Matthew 1:18–23. The gentle carpenter, also of the royal house of David, was a man of peace who was also a strong, inspired man, chosen to love and protect the Baby Jesus and his mother, Mary. He thus provides a wonderful model as a righteous husband and father.
The second part of the following video clip focuses on the traditional site that honors Joseph.
As part of our recognizing and honoring Joseph, I love the song, "Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine." In Good Tidings of Great Joy, 36, I wrote: “One of the most popular Christmas songs in Germany, this tune has been sung to two different texts, Resonet in laudibus, the earliest copy of which dates to between 1355 and 1360, and Joseph, Lieber Joseph Mein, which may be as old as 1400. Frequently sung after the Reformation in Lutheran communion services on Christmas Eve, it was also sung at weddings because the loving relationship between Joseph and Mary seemed to typify the ideal Christian marriage. In harmony with Matthew’s focus on the figure of Joseph the Carpenter, the role the lyrics paint for Joseph is a fitting tribute to the man chosen to be the protector of the Son of God.”