An Advent Calendar - December 23rd

French, 15th century, The Expectant Madonna with Saint Joseph

Joseph was an old man,
An old man was he,
He wedded Virgin Mary,
The Queen of Galilee.

As Joseph and Mary
Walked through an orchard green,
There were apples and cherries
Plenty to be seen.

Mary spoke to Joseph
So meek and so mild,
Joseph, gather me some cherries
For I am with child.

Then Joseph flew in anger,
In anger he flew;
Let the father of the baby
Gather cherries for you.

Jesus spoke a few words,
A few words spoke he,
My mother wants some cherries,
Bend over, cherry tree!

The cherry tree bowed down,
It was low to the ground;
And Mary gathered cherries
While Joseph stood around.

Isaiah 7:10-14 (KJV)

Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:1-25 (KJV)

In the English use, the Great O Antiphon for today is O Virgo virginum.

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

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