Thursday, December 24, 2009

A new and wondrous mystery.

Detail of a window in St Cyprian's Church, London (source).

Before heading off to Midnight Mass, I would like to take a moment to observe my annual custom of marking the Feast of the Nativity on this blog with the quotation of some lines from a sermon preached on this feast by St. John Chrysostom:

I behold a new and wondrous mystery.

My ears resound to the Shepherd's song, piping no soft melody but chanting full forth a heavenly hymn.

The Angels sing. The Archangels blend their voice in harmony. The Cherubim hymn their joyful praise. The Seraphim exalt His glory.

All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He Who is above, now, for our redemption, dwells here below; and he that was lowly is raised up by divine mercy.

Bethlehem this day resembles heaven: she hears from the stars the singing of angelic voices; in place of the sun, she enfolds within herself on every side the Sun of Justice.

Ask not how - where God wills, the order of nature yields. He willed, He had the power, He descended, He redeemed, and all things move in obedience to God.

This day He Who Is is born, and He Who Is becomes what He was not.

To all readers of this blog, I extend my prayerful best wishes for a blessed Christmas. Christ is born! Glorify him! AMDG.


At 12/25/2009 2:03 PM, Blogger Salvatore said...

Merry Christmas!!!

At 12/25/2009 11:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blessed Christmas! Thank you for the post.

At 12/26/2009 12:39 AM, Blogger Barbara said...

A blessed and restful Christmas!


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