Thursday, December 24, 2009


The Vigil is over: The Christ candle is lit, the babe lies in the manger, and gifts abound.

"This was the moment when Before
Turned into After..."
                                   --U.A. Fanthorpe

Moonless darkness stands between.

Past, O Past, no more be seen!

But the Bethlehem-star may lead me

To the sight of Him Who freed me

From the self that I have been.

Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;

Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;

Now beginning, and alway:

Now begin, on Christmas day.

                                       ----Gerard Manley Hopkins

May the 12 days of feasting and singing and celebrating begin! Wishing you a joyous Christmas Season,


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