In The Wee Hours: The Light Has Come


Lux venit, lux venit
Lux venit sursum corda
Lux venit, Lux venit arise
Shine for your light has come

I love this refrain from Michael W. Smith’s Christmas album, sung by a boy choir. I love it even more since joining my little Anglican church. There is a part of our liturgy each week called “The Sursum Corda.” It goes like this:

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the Lord.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
It is right, our duty and our joy, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

BCP, pg 132

At this point, we sing or recite the “Sanctus,” which is directly out of the book Revelations 4:8 and Isaiah 6:3, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.” It’s what the Seraphs and Beasts sing night and day around the Throne.

Every time we come to the Sursum Corda – every, every time – my heart thrills a little. It’s become my favorite part of the service. I think a lot of that has to do with a homily our late Father DJ gave on this part of the liturgy. I wish I could remember it exactly. I wish I could quote it for you. What I do remember is the gist. When we recite this part of the liturgy, and “lift our hearts” towards the Lord, we join that Great Cloud of Witnesses and all the Saints and Angels around the throne of God and around every altar in every church here on earth. We are united as one voice. There is a mystical, glorious unity that occurs. It’s an echo of Heaven, right here on earth. And I love it. So much. 

Lux venit.
The Light has come.
Sursum Corda.
Lift up your hearts.

Behold the Light of the World.
Oh come let us adore Him.


WIP Wednesday: A Liturgy, A Fantasy, and A Laundry-mussing Monster

Well, hello. Once again, the week has flown by and I am surprised to find that it’s Wednesday already. And speaking of “already,” it’s the 10th! How did it get to be the 10th, and how is there a mere fortnight until Christmas?! Are you all ready? I certainly am not! I don’t even have my tree up yet! I do have a few decorations up though.

So let’s step through my (decorated) front door, and have a nice hot beverage of your choice and a bit of a catch-up, shall we?


The Hook

There really isn’t much to report on this front as my afghan has taken a backseat to my knitting projects. I’m still slowly plugging along.


The Book

Well, I never did get around to consulting Alton about that turkey stock. I just never had the time to be home long enough to babysit a stock. I wonder if there’s a way to make it in my crock pot? Hmm…

I’m still reading Portals of Water and Wine, though I haven’t done much reading in the past week. (Sorry, Rachel.)II As weird as it sounds, I’m actually afraid that I’m going to like it too much and become too engrossed to the detriment of my other projects, like what is currently on my needles and on a deadline. I have a tendency to do that with books. There’s also the slightly trouble of only having it on my tablet and being limited by battery life. Score one for good ol’ books. 🙂

I’m enjoying what I’m reading in God With Us. I’m being true to my word, though, and participating in the Advent retreat first. My scripture readings come daily via email. Additional readings come Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Since today is Wednesday, I’ll probably not read God With Us today.


The Needles

I am just about finished with the apple hat from last week. I just have the leaf left to knit. I also started a new monster. I’m knitting Lurleen the Laundry Monster from The Big Book of Knitted Monsters I’m about halfway up her body. I love seeing these monsters take shape!


That about does it for today. I’m going to link up with Ginny over at Small Things and see what everyone else is up to.

Have a fantastic Wednesday!


WIP Wednesday: Something Old, Something New, Something Fruity, Something Blue

Howdy! I’m a bit late to the link-up at Small Things. I was waiting on the mail (and my tablet to charge). This hasn’t been the most productive crafting week, but there’s good reason which I’ll talk about tomorrow.

I’m also late on promoting two important days this week, World AIDS Day on Monday (something dear to my heart) and Giving Tuesday yesterday. I’m trying not to kick myself for not using this platform more wisely in those regards. But then, giving and AIDS awareness shouldn’t be confined to one day a year, anyway. Neither should giving thanks. 🙂

And now, on to my post.



The Hook

(Something Old)

I’m up to 26 squares on my afghan. That’s over a quarter of the number that I need for my bed. This is going to be a really long haul!

The Book

I just started reading a brand new book. And by “brand new,” I really mean brand new. Hot off the presses! A friend of my dear friend Laural just released her book on Monday. Her name is R.L. Haas, and the book is Portals of Water and Wine. So far, I’m only in the first chapter, but I’m loving it! (And, yes, I’m reading it on my tablet.)


I also settled on which book I’m going to read for Advent. As I mentioned last week, I’m participating in an online Advent retreat led by my friend ,Tara. I’ve decided to give the retreat my main focus, and to read God With Us as a supplement. It arrived in the mail today. I got the sequel, God For Us, to use this past Lent and figured God With Us would be similar. It is, and I’m so pleased. Each week features a different author. The daily readings are augmented with beautiful artwork. There are also sections highlighting the various feast days throughout the season. I will read it as I have time, but I’ll be giving myself grace if I don’t read it every day since it isn’t my main focus.


The “something blue?” Alton Brown’s book I’m Just Here For The Food. Alton is going to help me make my first stock from my first turkey. More on that tomorrow. 😉

And yes, that is a Dalek and TARDIS marking my place. I’m such a geek!


The Needles

Something Fruity.

I’m still working on that same apple hat from last week. I told you there was little crafting time this week. Normally, a little hat like that would be long done.


I believe that concludes my post for this week.

Have a beautiful Wednesday evening.