The year was 1504. We remember Berthold von Henneberg. The reading is from 16th-century poet Robert Southwell, "A Christmas Poem."
The year was 1849. We remember pre-Millenial William Miller. The reading is from David A. Redding, "Adult Advent Announcement."
The year was 1961. We remember the "Virgin Mother of a Thousand Egyptians," Lillian Trasher. The reading is from Christopher Harvey, a 17th-century poet, his "Nativity."
The year was 1979. We remember the theologian Hans Küng. The reading is a word for Advent on the Incarnation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
The year was 1551. We remember Father György Martinuzzi. The reading is from Scott Cairns, "Christmas Green."
The year was 1989. We remember Romanian pastor and dissident Laszlo Tokes. The reading is from Alan Jones, "May Christmas Come."
The year was 1937. We remember Pavel Alexandrovich Florensky. The reading is from Jean-Paul Richter, "The Holiest Among the Mighty."
The year was 1363. We remember Jean Gerson. The reading for today is a poem entitled "Advent" by Sr. Christine Schenk.
The year was 1294. We remember Pietro Morrone, a.k.a. Pope Celestine V. The reading is an Advent reading from Benedict XVI.
The year was 1666. We remember Nikon, the Patriarch of Moscow. The reading is from Frederick Buechner's "Whistling in the Dark."
The year was 1825. We remember Samuel Ajayi Crowther. The reading is "Wartime Christmas" by American poet Joyce Kilmer.
The year was 1658. We remember Lancelot Blackburne, the pirate cleric and Archbishop of York. The reading is a quote from Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset.
The year was 1621. We remember the first known sermon ever given on American soil by Robert Cushman. The reading is "A Christmas Carol Poem” by G.K. Chesterton.
The year was 1649. We remember the pastor and hymn writer Martin Rinkart. The reading is two stanzas of Rinkart's hymn, "Now Thank We All Our God."
The year was 1875. We remember the epic 35 stanza poem, "Wreck of the Deutschland." The reading is from Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Moonless darkness stands between."
The year was 1925. We remember a Dr. Gene Scott All-Star, Russell Conwell. Our reading is an Advent prayer written by Walter Brueggeman.
The year was 1484. We remember the Papal Bull "Summis Desiderantes Affectibus." The reading is from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a favorite quote from his "God Is In the Manger: Reflections on Advent and Christmas."
The year was 1964. We remember Dr. Paul Carlson, a medical missionary. The reading is from Madeleine L’Engle, “First Coming.”
The year was 1852. We remember Isabel “Belle” Harris Bennett. The reading is the final stanza of T.S. Eliot’s “The Cultivation of Christmas Trees.”
The year was 1980. We remember Sisters Ita Ford, Maura Clarke, Jean Donovan, and Dorothy Kazel. The reading is "The House of Christmas" by G. K. Chesterton.
The year was 1521. We remember Giovanni di Lorenzo de Medici, aka Pope Leo. The reading is "Advent Calendar" by Rowan Williams.
The year was 1892. We remember philologist and theologian Fenton John Anthony Hort. The reading is an excerpt from Psalm 119, verses 105-107, from the Scottish Metrical Psalter.
The year was 1833. We remember the preacher Lemuel Haynes, with a reading recorded by a friend.
The year was 1902. We remember Joseph Parker. The reading is a one-sentence quote from Joseph Parker.
The year was 1095. We remember the First Crusade. Our reading is a selection from Isaiah, chapter 2.