Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Mystery of Christmas

After the insults heaped on Our Lady by the film 'The Nativity Story', we came across this description of the Birth of the Saviour in Abbot Gueranger's 'The Liturgical Year', in the section on Midnight Mass:

'Midnight comes. The Holy Virgin has been longing for this happy moment. Her heart is suddenly overwhelmed with a delight which is new even to her. She falls into an ecstasy of love. As her Child will one day, by His almighty power, rise through the unmoved barrier of His Sepulchre; so now, as a sunbeam gleaming through purest crystal, He is born, and lies on the ground before her. With arms outstretched to embrace her, and smiling upon her: this is her first sight of her Son, who is also the Son of the Eternal Father! She adores - takes Him into her arms - presses Him to her heart - swathes His infant limbs - and lays Him down in the manger.'

A Happy and Holy Christmas to all!

No comments:

Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen