So, I’ve been working on three pretty meaty blog posts these past few days (I know, I know, finish a thing before you start another thing, I know)…but I’ve come to the conclusion that all of them are too sobering to tackle in these final, lingering, hushed moments, as we await those first glimpses of the Christmas morning sun, rising in our hearts, illumining the horizon of salvation.
And though I could certainly say a thing or two about reasons for seasons and keeping Christ is Christmas and about my little book and all that, I thought it more prudent to simply share with you what is almost certainly my favorite Christmas hymn; it’s a Eucharistic antiphon, actually, composed by the French Dominican, André Gouzes. Enjoy.
The Lord is Now About to Enter His Temple
The Lord is now about to enter his temple;
He who is, and who was, and is to come.
God, among us!
Comes to make his dwelling.
The Word that brings us peace is now proclaimed!
The salvation that was promised is now in our midst!
May all strife and hate be banished from our hearts;
May the love of Christ our Lord dwell in them.
All you servants of the Lord, give praise to the Lord!
With the heavenly hosts, sing his glory and his holiness.
All you his faithful, gathered around the altar of the Holy King,
Come worship Christ among us, with all the saints of heaven.
We look up to you Christ and we implore you;
Remember not our sins; in your love, Lord have mercy!
With the angels, we bless you!
With all the saints, we give you glory!
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And the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth;
we have beheld his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father.
– Jn 1:14