Thursday, December 7, 2017

Advent

Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1897

Advent, by Jessica Powers

I live my Advent in the womb of Mary.
And on one night when a great star swings free
from its high mooring and walks down the sky
to be the dot above the Christus I,
I shall be born of her by blessed grace.
I wait in Mary-darkness, faith’s walled place,
with hope’s expectance of nativity.


I knew for long she carried and fed me,
guarded and loved me, though I could not see.
But only now, with inward jubilee,
I come upon earth’s most amazing knowledge:
Someone is hidden in this dark with me.

9 comments:

  1. I am not alone. Someone is hidden in this dark with me. Hail darkness, full of grace! Quite unexpectedly my blind soul rises up where fullness and expectancy flow together. The unknowing Amen.

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    1. Being a lover of Darkness, this little prayer speaks to me. Thanks!

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  2. DARKNESS ***

    Your
    darkness
    as a flower
    blooms *

    Across
    the years
    and
    days of noon *

    Flowers
    of
    the nights array *

    Eclipse
    the brightness
    of the
    day *

    happy happy ___________boK
































































    DARKNESS __________________
















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    1. lovely, bob ... love also all that emptiness.

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    2. a advent thing
      good stuff
      you tube posting

      https://youtu.be/bg8XCxUtKec

      blessings ________________________---

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    3. Nice. the O antiphons.
      thanks, bob.

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  3. This is a wonderful painting, Mary intently listening and watching the beautiful glow. The shapes, colors, shadows, textures of a place that shows welcome. That cloth behind her--it looks like Mary appreciates contemporary art.

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    1. Ha! It does look like contemporary art.

      I agree, it is a wonderful painting. It certainly isn't scary. As if Mary is just awakening from a dream/nap.

      The painting is fairly recent - 1897 - as far as Annunciation paintings go. Feels more close to our time / this time.

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