We are entering the second week of Advent. I am trying to quiet down, avoid getting caught up in the hustle-bustle commercialism with which the rest of the world “celebrates” this season, and focus on the real meaning of this season, awaiting with eager anticipation the coming of our King–not only His coming on the first Christmas, but also His coming in the future, at the end of time.  Thus, Advent is a season of joy and wonder, and also a season of penitence as we prepare our souls for that day and avail ourselves of His grace.

There are some truly beautiful hymns in Advent (as there are for every season).  Here, from Michael Martin’s wonderful site, Thesaurus Precum Latinarum, we have this 7th century hymn (with a 19th century translation):

CONDITOR alme siderum,
aeterna lux credentium,
Christe, redemptor omnium,
exaudi preces supplicum.
CREATOR of the stars of night,
Thy people’s everlasting light,
Jesu, Redeemer, save us all,
and hear Thy servants when they call.
Qui condolens interitu
mortis perire saeculum,
salvasti mundum languidum,
donans reis remedium,
Thou, grieving that the ancient curse
should doom to death a universe,
hast found the medicine, full of grace,
to save and heal a ruined race.
Vergente mundi vespere,
uti sponsus de thalamo,
egressus honestissima
Virginis matris clausula.
Thou camest, the Bridegroom of the Bride,
as drew the world to evening tide,
proceeding from a virgin shrine,
the spotless Victim all divine.
Cuius forti potentiae
genu curvantur omnia;
caelestia, terrestria
nutu fatentur subdita.
At whose dread Name, majestic now,
all knees must bend, all hearts must bow;
and things celestial Thee shall own,
and things terrestrial Lord alone.
Te, Sancte, fide quaesumus,
venture iudex saeculi,
conserva nos in tempore
hostis a telo perfidi.
O Thou whose coming is with dread,
to judge and doom the quick and dead,
preserve us, while we dwell below,
from every insult of the foe.
Sit, Christe, rex piissime,
tibi Patrique gloria
cum Spiritu Paraclito,
in sempiterna saecula. Amen.
To God the Father, God the Son,
and God the Spirit, Three in One,
laud, honor, might, and glory be
from age to age eternally. Amen.
Thesaurus Precum Latinarum

I hope everybody has a blessed, peaceful, and fruitful Advent!