Luxury Advent Calendar of the Soul – 14 December

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is probably one of the only popular music records about the Last Judgement with biblical references a-plenty! The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash.

The Man Comes Around
“And I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder
One of the four beasts saying,
‘Come and see.’ and I saw, and behold a white horse”
There’s a man goin’ ’round takin’ names
And he decides who to free and who to blame
Everybody won’t be treated all the same
There’ll be a golden ladder reachin’ down
When the man comes around
The hairs on your arm will stand up
At the terror in each sip and in each sup
Will you partake of that last offered cup
Or disappear into the potter’s ground?
When the man comes around
Hear the trumpets hear the pipers
One hundred million angels singin’
Multitudes are marchin’ to the big…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 13 December

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a short film from the Diocese of Ely – The Nativity of Christ – a Christmas Miracle.

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 12 December

A beautiful song which fits rather well with the world at the moment I think. None of us are perfect and few of us are completely whole, but there is beauty in the brokenness, and beauty in the re-making and the healing.

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a song and video:

This is one of my favourite songs – it’s called All My Favorite People are Broken by the band Over the Rhine.

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 11 December

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a twitter thread, read the whole story, it’s a series of tweets about the best Christmas gift someone ever received. My thanks to Rox Nicholl for showing me this! Click on the tweet below and then scroll down to read the story.

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 10 December

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a song. Come on my soul by Rend Collective Experiment.

Lord, we open up our hearts to you
We let down our walls
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Sing my soul
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down your walls
And sing my soul
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down your walls
And sing my soul
Raise you voices
Come on my soul
Come on my soul
Let down your walls
And sing my soul
Come on, come on, come on, come on
It’s time to look up
Come on, come on, come on, come on
It’s time to look up
Come on, come on, come on, come on
It’s time to look up (raise your voices)
Come on, come on, come on…

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 9 December

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a short film. Meet the Nativity – episode 1. Other episodes can be viewed on YouTube throughout Advent. Find out more and order a free booklet here.

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 8 December

I’m a touch behind on my reblogging of these.

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a poem.

Advent Sunday  Christina Rossetti

BEHOLD, the Bridegroom cometh: go ye out

With lighted lamps and garlands round about

To meet Him in a rapture with a shout.

It may be at the midnight, black as pitch,

Earth shall cast up her poor, cast up her rich.

It may be at the crowing of the cock

Earth shall upheave her depth, uproot her rock.

For lo, the Bridegroom fetcheth home the Bride:

His Hands are Hands she knows, she knows His Side.

Like pure Rebekah at the appointed place,

Veiled, she unveils her face to meet His Face.

Like great Queen Esther in her triumphing,

She triumphs in the Presence of her King.

His Eyes are as a Dove’s, and she’s Dove-eyed;

He knows His lovely mirror, sister, Bride.

He speaks with Dove-voice of exceeding love,

And she with love-voice of an answering Dove.

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 7 December

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a picture.

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Banksy graffiti at the West Bank barrier in Bethlehem (Credit: Markus Ortner
read more: https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.676012)

Banksy painted this in 2005 – it still challenges today, painted on the wall in Bethlehem.

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 6 December

The man behind Father Christmas/Santa Claus!

Bryony Taylor

Happy St Nicholas’ Day!

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The real St Nicholas was a great theologian and famously punched the heretic Arian at the Council of Nicea – he was (once they let him back in – as he was excommunicated for a while) one of the signatories to the Nicene Creed which is still read in churches today.

A different side to the jolly old Saint!

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Luxury Advent Calendar for the Soul – 5 December

As a former member of The Mothers’ Union, I really rather like Bryony’s calendar for today!

Bryony Taylor

Behind today’s window is a prayer.

The Mothers’ Union have a campaign running this month called 16 Days of Activism to tackle gender-based violence around the world. Find out more about this campaign here:

http://www.themothersunion.org/content/16-days-activism-2017

We prayed as part of this at our Mothers’ Union Advent Carol Service yesterday. It felt very appropriate to me to have prayers about this during this season when we remember a young teenage girl pregnant out of wedlock and the impact that must have had on her and her community’s response (perhaps that’s why Mary went to stay with Elizabeth to escape a violent response?)

Pray with me:

God of love,
unlock the secrets
and release from shame
all those broken by sexual violence.

God of love,
unlock the taboos
and release the truth
for all those afraid to speak up.

God of love,
unlock the hurt
and release from pain
all those who…

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