Advent Reflections: Christmas Eve

Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:

“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1: 67-79

Zechariah was struck dumb after he heard the news of the messenger, Gabriel. He was unable to speak until John’s birth, when he was asked about the child’s name. The moment he acknowledged the prophesy given him by saying, “His name is John” he found his voice restored. As with Mary’s “yes,” Zechariah’s “yes” is followed by a song of praise and thanksgiving, an affirmation of the prophesy and of God’s goodness.

Today, find that affirmation within yourself. What is your “yes” today? Imagine your voice has been restored after a long time of silence. What will your “song” be in response to this?

Our positions today are a celebration of the eve of the feast. We will be cycling through some the poses we’ve practiced. Remember to move smoothly from one to the other, breathing steadily. Cycle through these a few times if you can, breathing the words of Zechariah:

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

 

Begin Standing, hands to the heart

Move to Standing Cross

Move to Standing Cross

Draw leg behind torso to Standing Dove

Draw leg behind torso to Standing Dove

Plant back leg in Strength

Plant back leg in Strength

Hands come forward

Hands come forward

Scooping forward for Harvest

Scooping forward for Harvest

Step feet together, hinge to Bowing

Step feet together, hinge to Bowing

Bend at knees to Throne

Bend at knees to Throne

Bring fingertips to the floor...

Bring fingertips to the floor…

 

Bring knees to the mat

Bring knees to the mat

forward to Holy Ground

forward to Holy Ground

 

Press back to Omega

Press back to Omega

 

forward to Stone Table

forward to Stone Table

 

Lifting up into Tent

Lifting up into Tent

Drop knees and finish in Elijah

Drop knees and finish in Elijah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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