To accompany you in this fourth week of Advent, The Vigil Project recently released their fourth Advent video, covering the classic “Silent Night,” featuring Catholic singer-songwriter John Finch.
Accompanying the video, to help you enter more deeply into the Advent season, Finch wrote a reflection on that moment, two thousand years ago, when our Hope was born, in the calm stillness of the night:
As years have gone by, we as a society have gone overboard in the commercialization and hype of the Christmas season. A season full of stress, shopping, partying, chaos, peppermint mochas and tacky sweaters. How did we get so far away from the manger? How did we get so far away from the calm, still night when Christ was born?
As we journey this Christmas season, our invitation simple: we invite you to pray with your family. Most importantly, we invite you to pray. Although there are times we get caught up in the chaos of the holidays, the simple reality is that our salvation became possible that Christmas night. Jesus, the hope we long for, the peace we need.
My prayer this Christmas is that we may still our hearts. Christ came in the simplicity of the manger, not on a throne or in a palace or clothed in riches; he came humbly and still. Let us journey together to the manger, the night everything changed.
Read John Finch’s whole reflection here.