For those who follow the Liturgical Calendar, Advent marks the beginning of the New Year. And Bach most famously observes it:
Psalm 25: 3-9
Show me your ways, O Lord,
and teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
in you have I trusted all the day long.
Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions;
remember me according to your love
and for the sake of your goodness, O Lord.
Gracious and upright is the Lord;
therefore he teaches sinners in his way.
He guides the humble in doing right
and teaches his way to the lowly.
All the paths of the Lord are love and faithfulness
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.
Advent is my favorite season. Perhaps it is a child’s anticipation of Christmas that still speaks to my heart.