This picture —>
pretty much expresses my confusion with the season. I’m thinking that pretty soon the fine ladies at Fine Linen and Purple are going to have to add some new rules to the What I Wore Sunday link-up in order to prevent such wretched pictures from being a part of it…
Advent is a season of joyous penance. It is a season which has so completely lost its meaning that even the bishops are rather vague about what should be done. Their most ancient statement on penance says that we need liturgical renewal rather than austerities. It is unclear what that really means, and equally unclear whether such an approach has done any good.
We are left with the knowledge that “Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight.” And “Advent (like Lent) includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.”
I don’t have answers, but I suppose that our little traditions always show what we really think, even when we say we have no answers.
We will have our typical seasonal changes such as eliminating certain foods during the week and giving to charity what we can trim from the grocery budget. But then on Sundays we will celebrate with lovely food and peaceful evening prayers.
Today I grabbed my purple dress to wear because, well, what else would I wear?
I wore wretchedly uncomfortable black tights to church, but pulled them off in the car on the way home (no I wasn’t the one driving). If it were Lent I would have been more conflicted about the penance of uncomfortable clothing. But this is Advent, so I will go for simplicity which gives time to focus on things other than clothing, whether uncomfortable or beautiful.
When we got home my husband turned on his favorite Advent music.
We have very different taste in music. I do not want to spend each evening of Advent listening to that! I would much rather listen to something like this:
What can I say? Clearly God put us together to help us learn from our differences.
In all seriousness, I cannot find a version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel that I really love. The Civil Wars version is beautiful:
But it isn’t the perfect classic version that I really want to hear on repeat throughout all of Advent.
So, can you help me out with a link to your favorite version of your favorite Advent song?