Saints of Advent
St John the Baptist
Stamps: Faroe Islands, 1998; Knights of Malta, 1967; Sweden, 1992; Liechtenstein, 1981—St Nicholas Center Collection
Gifts and generosity,
Nicholas, the people see
In the stories of your fame,
Children, sailors hail your name.
Shine in darkness candles bright,
Lucy's image brings us light.
Martyred saint your name recalls
That Christ's light shines for us all.
John the Baptist herald's cry,
Gives a signal, Christ is nigh.
His are words that do compel
Hope in Christ, all shall be well.
Thomas, once with doubt did sigh,
Now, My Lord and God, he cries,
Christmas leads to Calvary,
Resurrection sets us free.
Holy Joseph, none compare,
your devotion, love and care,
Guardian of the Holy One,
shows that new life has begun.
Blessed Mary, full of grace
Chosen by the Lord's embrace,
Mother by whom God is born
On that wondrous Christmas morn.
Mary, Joseph, John, we pray
Lucy, Nicholas, we say,
Thomas leading songs of praise,
As our prayers to Christ we raise.
J M ROSENTHAL 2003
Tune: MONKLAND 77 77
Musical notation PDF
St Nicholas Day—December 6
Immaculate Conception BVM—December 8
St Lucy's Day—December 13
St Thomas—December 21
St John Baptist—Advent 2 and 3
St Mary and St Joseph—Advent 4
By the Lay Canon J M Rosenthal. Used by permission.next hymn