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I was introduced on Wednesday to Sylvia Plath’s beautiful and holy poem, “Black Rook In Rainy Weather.” It is such a perfect Advent meditation, I could not resist posting it today.

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41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.

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39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.

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36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.

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33And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.

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27and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
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27and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 

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22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

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21After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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19But Mary treasured (“synteres”) all these words and pondered (“symballo”) them in her heart.

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