An Advent Calendar - December 1st

O come, thou Rod of Jesse's stem,
From every foe deliver them
That trust thy mighty power to save,
And give them vict'ry o'er the grave.

Refrain:  Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel
                 Shall come to thee, O Israel!

Edward Hicks, Peaceable Kingdom, c. 1834

Isaiah 11:1-10 (KJV)

There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
      And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him,
      The Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
      The Spirit of counsel and might,
      The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.
His delight is in the fear of the LORD,
      And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes,
      Nor decide by the hearing of His ears;
But with righteousness He shall judge the poor,
      And decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth,
      And with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins,
      And faithfulness the belt of His waist.
The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb,
      The leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
The calf and the young lion and the fatling together;
      And a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
      Their young ones shall lie down together;
      And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play by the cobraís hole,
      And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viperís den.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,
      For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD
      As the waters cover the sea.
And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse,
      Who shall stand as a banner to the people;
For the Gentiles shall seek Him,
      And His resting place shall be glorious.

Today is also the Feast Day of Blessed Nicholas Ferrar.

More about Advent on Full Homely Divinity:
                        Rediscovering Advent
                        The Saints of Advent
                        Hymns of Advent
                        A Devotion for the Last Days of  Advent

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