|O Emmanuel, Jesus Christ,|
Desire of every nation,
Savior of all peoples,
Come and dwell among us.
These four weeks are an occasion to remember that we live in the darkness of a fallen world and that Jesus brings us light and great hope.
John 1:1-5, 9-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through hi,, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines int he darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh not of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.