Archangel Gabriel announces to the Virgin Mary the coming of the Lord. Oil painting of Robert Campin, 1420-1440, Brussels
Advent (from the Latin adventus, arrival), actually Adventus Domini (Latin for "coming of the Lord") refers to the season in which Christianity itself, prepared for the celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, Christmas.
The Christians commemorate the birth of Jesus and celebrate them as the incarnation of God. At the same time the Advent reminded that Christians should expect the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Dashing Snow sung by Nana Mouskouri and Udo Jürgens
The Weight of a Snowflake
It was winter.
Everywhere it was snowing.
In the remote forest a wild pigeon sitting alone on a branch, when she got a visit from a coal tit.
'Have a good day', said the coal tit.
'I welcome you, Coal Tit', said the Pigeon.
'What's new in the forest'?
'The whole world seems to be snowbound', said the coal tit. 'There appear the strangest thoughts.
What do you mean, dear Pigeon, what weighs a snowflake'?
The Pigeon peeped into the air and watched the snowflakes floating down.
A snowflake is so light that it weighs nothing more than nothing', she replies.
'Nothing more than nothing'.
'That's what I thought',
said the tit.
'But it's not true. Listen to this wonderful story.
The other day I was sitting on a fir when it began to snow.
It was snowing quite easily.
Silently and without gravity, not heavily, not in a raging blizzard.
No, just like in a dream, without any violence at all.
Because I knew nothing better to do, I counted the snowflakes settling on the twigs and needles of the rotten tree branch under me.
Their number was exactly 2.631.841.
When the next snowflake dropped onto the branch-nothing more than nothing-as you say-the branch broke off, the snow load was too heavy for him'.
So flew the tit off.
Now the Pigeon had something to think about.
And since she was a smart bird, an animal that men had declared a peace bird, she also understood what meant this story.
She thought about the story for a while.
'Maybe missing only the voice of one man to the peace of the world', she said.
Finally, she said to herself, 'Perhaps there is only one person's voice lacking for peace to come to the world'.
And the Pigeon was pleased with the message of the coal tit.
- author of this reflection on the power of unity unknown
Stille Nacht Heilige Nacht - Vienna Boys Choir 1967
This outstanding arrangement as performed by the Wiener Sängerknaben (Viennese Boys Choir) of the very popular Austrian (Christmas) carol was interpreted only one time in Christmas 1967.
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber.
Lyrics by Joseph Franz Mohr.
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Beautiful find Holly