“Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”

Advent is a time of solemn reflection, prayer, and repentance.

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“Rejoice, rejoice, believers,
And let your lights appear;
The evening is advancing,
And darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising
And soon is drawing nigh.
Up, pray and watch and wrestle;
At midnight comes the cry.”

Christ will come.

“The watchers on the mountain
Proclaim the Bridegroom near;
Go forth, as he approaches,
With alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting;
The gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory;
The Bridegroom is at hand.”

Christ has come.

“You saints, who here in patience
Your cross and suff’rings bore,
Shall live and reign forever
When sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory
The Lamb you shall behold;
In triumph lay before him
Your shining crowns of gold.”

Come, Lord Jesus.

“Arise, Desire of nations;
O Jesus, now appear,
The Hope and Expectation
Of ev’ry Christian here.
With hearts and hands uplifted
We plead, O Lord, to see
The day of earth’s redemption
That sets your people free.”

— “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers”
Christian Worship, 7:1-4.

May you have a blessed Advent.