Sunday, November 27, 2011

Advent begins today: We seek your Word embodied

“Advent wreath, First Advent Sunday” by Micha L. Rieser

Today marks the first day of Advent, a time of expectant waiting for Christ’s birth.

Let’s celebrate the first Sunday of Advent with an excerpt from “Rite for Advent” by Chris Glaser, published in Equal Rites: Lesbian and Gay Worship, Ceremonies, and Celebrations:

One: The closet may be a fertile place:
creativity bursts out of a lonely hell,
and from a closet fertilized with hope,
the spirit leaps from a monastic cell.

Many: Those born in darkness
have seen life.

One: Out of dark soil sprouts new life,
from darkness springs embodied hope.
Both stretch for the illumination
of the cosmic landscape.

Many: Those born in darkness
have seen life.

One: Dear God,

Many: We seek your Word embodied
in life rooted in fertile darkness.
In life stretching for illumination,
we await your transforming Word.

Chris Glaser is a gay Christian author and activist. His book The Final Deadline: What Death Has Taught Me About Life was released by Morehouse Publishing (New York) in 2010.

This post is part of the LGBT Holidays series by Kittredge Cherry at the Jesus in Love Blog. The series celebrates religious and spiritual holidays, holy days, feast days, festivals, anniversaries, liturgical seasons and other occasions of special interest to LGBT and queer people of faith and our allies.


thegayte-keeper said...

Haven't celebrate Advent in YEARS!

KittKatt said...

Hey, Gayte Keeper, maybe it's time for you to celebrate Advent again -- in a new way. How about making your own LGBT Nativity scene and sending us a photo? I already received some exciting images in the LGBT Nativity scene contest. They'll be posted at this blog in December.