Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A new and wondrous mystery.

Just a few minutes ago, I returned home from attending Midnight Mass at the church where I was baptized. Before I head to bed, I wanted to share with the readers of this blog my prayerful best wishes for this Feast of the Nativity. As I did last year, I would also like to share with you a portion of the Nativity Sermon of 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.

Christ is born! AMDG.


At 12/25/2007 8:11 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

I am hopping around the blogosphere to say "Merry Christmas" to my friends. May this first day of Christmas be blessed with peace and serenity and inner joy!

Merry Christmas!


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