One of my favorite events of Advent/Christmas is the broadcasting of the service of Lessons and Carols from King’s College, Cambridge, England. It is a mix of modern and ancient music and there is usually at least one piece commissioned annually for that event. I have the equipment at home to record the broadcast and have done so for several years. Last year the lyrics of a Medieval carol caught my attention, particularly the one verse that went like this:
As sunnë shineth through the glass,
So Jesu in his mother was;
Thee to serve now grant us grace,
O lux beata Trinitas.
The modern version would look something like this:
As sun shines through the glass,
So Jesus in his mother was;
Thee to serve now give us grace
O Trinity of blessed light.
What a great image, “sun shining through glass,” to image Jesus in Mary’s womb. I’m reminded of how stained or colored glass can give such beauteous decoration to a room. The metaphor of Jesus beautifully decorating life, and therefore deserving our praise and service inspires me. You can see the lyrics for the whole carol here:
http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/files/services/festival-nine-lessons-2011.pdf, then go to p. 21. King’s College Choir has a variety of resources here.
What is your favorite metaphor at Advent/Christmas?
May the blessings of Advent be yours today