December 1, 2020

Advent III: The Winter Sun Is Warm

Third Sunday of Advent
December 11, 2012

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126 or Luke 1:46b-55
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

Prayer of the Day
Stir up the wills of your faithful people, Lord God, and open our ears to the words of your prophets, that, anointed by your Spirit, we may testify to your light; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Note: the third Sunday is Advent is known as “Gaudete” (Rejoicing) Sunday.

He came as a witness to testify to the light… (John 1:8)

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sonnet for advent III

the winter sun is warm through window pane
if paler than its counterpart in june
and though the world it lights is stark and bare
inside, i find its wholesome rays a boon
the cat lies curled upon the carpet snug
steam rises from the cup beside my chair
a beam divulges drifting, dancing dust —
a fay fantasia — angels unaware!
in recent darkened days i’ve felt so down
so slow to move into each morning drear
and do my work beneath a shivery shroud
where rarely does the low bright sun appear
today the spell is broken — gone the gray!
my heart sings out a happy “gaudete”!


  1. Beautiful sonnet. It is cold here this morning but I could “feel” the warmth just reading that. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Moravian Love Feast last evening which is held at the Lutheran church. If you have never attended one I highly recommend it. It is a centuries old tradition and is still practiced in many churches today. It is the highlight of my personal celebration of Christmas.

    • David Cornwell says

      Chaplain Mike’s sonnet this morning beautifully picks up the Winter emotional mood that takes hold of both mind and body this time of year. Talking about the personal highlight of the season, mine is attending the late Christmas Eve service of lessons and carols at the Episcopal Church just down the street from my own. The church is always full, people coming with expectation and worship, and once again hearing the Story.

  2. Having never considered the Advent season before, I am really appreciating it now. There is an inner warming that grows as the Day nears.