Nothing could be truer than the world’s need for Jesus to come quickly. Mindful of human brokenness, despair, division, longing, and the absence of the reconciliation to which all are called by God, our Advent prayer for the Lord Jesus to come quickly is a prayer, I believe, to save us from ourselves.
On the Second Sunday of Advent, the Grace-St. Luke’s Choir offered a beautiful rendition of 1953 motet E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come by Paul Manz. I suspect the 1953 world was struggling with the same and some similar issues of the 2021 world. In this Advent, may we consider and listen to this anthem, music by Paul Manz and words adapted from Revelation 22 by Ruth Manz.
Peace be to you and grace from him Who freed us from our sins, Who loved us all and shed his blood That we might saved be. Sing holy, holy to our Lord, The Lord, Almighty God, Who was and is and is to come; Sing holy, holy Lord!
Rejoice in heaven, all ye that dwell therein, Rejoice on earth, ye saints below, For Christ is coming soon! E’en so, Lord Jesus, quickly come, And night shall be no more; They need no light nor lamp nor sun, For Christ will be their All!
Godspeed as we journey through Advent,
The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector