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The First Carols: The Benedictus Luke 1:68-79

The First Carols: The Benedictus

A Song after the Silence: In silence, we may hear God speak.


Given the distraction of our digital devices, solitude and silence — two commodities we need to flourish — are rare. Zechariah’s silence enabled him to speak — to burst forth in song, the Advent carol, as it were! He spoke of the mighty power of God, showing us that Advent can be a time to lose the distractions and listen quietly to the Lord.


For material based on today’s epistle text, see “Mappa Mundi Christiana,” November 24, 2013.

For an alternative approach to Luke 23:33-43, see “Kings Never Die.”

[NOTE: The Benedictus is the first of a three-part series called “The First Carols.” The other two are the Magnificat on December 15 and the Gloria on December 24.]


“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone,” wrote the famous mathematician and theologian Blaise Pascal in the 17th century — long before...

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