Susan Bailey writes:
Wait with Me is based on readings from a book detailing the locutions received by Fr. Don Stefano Gobbi, the founder of the Marian Movement of Priests from the Blessed Mother. In these readings, Mary speaks about her waiting for the Christ Child to be born. I found these readings to be a wonderful way to reflect upon Advent, a beautiful season of joyful expectation that is so overshadowed by the noise and chaos of the commercial Christmas of the world. Written in the first person and arranged and performed in a simple and peaceful manner, you can imagine the Blessed Mother sharing her reflections with you on the coming of Christ Jesus as a baby into the world. This song is available on through iTunes, and is on two albums: Wait with Me: Advent of the Promised Son and Mater Dei. Visit my website to see how you can purchase the albums. You can listen to the song in its entirety here (or here for dial-up users).
Wait with Me based on #462, #484 and #508 of To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons by Don Stefano Gobbi Beloved child, enter in this mystery This blessed time as we wait for the Holy Son Come inside of my immaculate heart And wait with me, oh wait for Him to come! Come feel my sigh of expectation The spark of love, the moan of desire As I wait now in labor With a love that burns like fire The nightime comes and darkness swallows The fading light, the end of day And yet His light envelopes me In His ecstasy, His way Prepare your hearts now for this moment In quiet solitude and song And let the tranquil peace of soul Mark the passage of night to dawn
We Shall Prepare by Janet Vogt and Mark Friedman, is in Spirit and Song II. Hopefully, one day the friendly folks from www.spiritandsong.com would put this song up on iTunes.
Besides "O Come O Come Emmanuel".
I've begun to witness the beginning stages of our coming Christmas season. Stores have set aside space for outdoor electronic reindeer and nativity displays. Several catalogs for Christmas music and books have arrived in my mailbox.
Soon enough, I can expect another year of the same: radio stations dedicated to "Holiday Music." Television channels will be replaying favorite movie classics; sometimes, the same movie lasts a whole day. Watchdog groups will take account of which superstores wish their customers a "Merry Christmas" or not. News stations will focus on which city governments decided to create Christmas displays ... or inter-religious "Holiday displays" ... or no displays at all ... without infuriating a vocal segment of the population.
In the midst of this cacophony, I ponder... what happened to Advent?(more...)