Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, Blessed Nativity to All!

My Nativity arrangement this year.

This is the day that gladdened them, the Prophets, Kings, and Priests, for in it were their words fulfilled, and thus were the whole of them indeed performed! For the Virgin this day brought forth Immanuel in Bethlehem. The voice that of old Isaiah spoke, (Isaiah 10:19) today became reality. He was born there who in writing should tell the Gentiles' number! The Psalm that David once sang, by its fulfilment came today! The word that Micah once spoke, (Micah 5:2) today had come indeed to pass! For there came from Ephrata a Shepherd, and His staff swayed over souls. Lo! From Jacob shone the Star, (Numbers 24:17) and from Israel rose the Head. (Hosea 1:11) The prophecy that Balaam spoke had its interpreting today! Down also came the hidden Light, and from the Body rose His beauty! The light that spoke in Zachary, today shined in Bethlehem! -- St Ephraim the Syrian

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year." -- Charles Dickens

“Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.” -- Hamilton Wright Mabie

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