Have you ever been tired of Christmas even before Christmas came? The joy of the season can be drowned out by an onslaught of advertisements, music, gift lists, sales, and glittering tinsel.
Advent can help us. It's an intentional season of waiting, a fast before a feast situated between the first and second coming of Christ.
With his characteristic infectious excitement, poet, priest, and veritable hobbit Malcolm Guite (rhymes with guide) walks through some Advent poems in this engaging talk, including the ancient O Antiphons on which "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is based. It is an encouragement to rediscover Advent as a season that enables us to arrive at Christmas as people who can truly say, "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light" (Isaiah 9:2).
Watch or listen to or "Waiting on the Word", a talk given by Guite at St. Paul's Cathedral in 2015. For more from Malcolm Guite, check out Sounding the Seasons: Seventy Sonnets for the Christian Year.