The hymn, O quickly come, dread Judge of all: words by Lawrence Tuttiet, 1825 – 1897, (number 13 in the New English Hymnal) offers a framework around which to think and pray over the four Sundays and weeks of Advent. There are four verses, each with its own theme: God as Judge; God as King; true Life; sure Light. These remind us of the Second Coming at the End Times: the traditional focus for the season of Advent.
In each of the four reflections there will be a verse of the hymn, some texts to contemplate and suggestions for prayer.
If you wish to hear the hymn tune you can find it as follows:
to the tune Vater unser or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IObuwhH9FrQ)
to the tune Melita (the tune for Eternal Father strong to save … for those in peril on the sea) can also be used.
1st Sunday of Advent
O quickly come, dread Judge of all,
For, awful though Thine advent be;
All shadows from the truth will fall,
And falsehood die, in sight of Thee.
O quickly come, for doubt and fear
Like clouds dissolve when Thou art near.
‘He shall not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth’. [Isaiah 11. 3b – 4a]
‘All of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ’. [2 Corinthians 5. 10]
We will stand ‘in the presence of God and of Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead. … (do not) turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths’. [2Timothy 4. 1, 4]
You, Christ, are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come and be our judge. (Te Deum)
God of truth we stand before you in awe and wonder.
You promised that your Holy Spirit
would guide those who love you into all truth.
We pray that you will strengthen us
as we seek you and your truth
and be near to protect us from being influenced
by lies and false teaching.
O eternal and merciful Judge,
in the day of judgement
may we be presented to you
if not blameless, yet forgiven.
Holy God, holy and strong, holy and immortal:
have mercy on us.