Feast of St Spyridon the Wonderworker of Trymithous
Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cupboard boxes -
Some have got broken - and carrying them up to the attic.
The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,
And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest of the week -
Not that we...
Feast of St Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople
God With Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas edited by Greg Pennoyer and Gregory Wolfe
PART DEVOTION, part art, and part prayer, God With Us is a spiritual summons. Christmas coming ‘round year after year forces us, in the words of Eugene Peterson, to “deal with all the mess of our humanity in the context of God who has already...
Feast of St Ambrose, Bishop of Milan
O COME you who love the festivals,
Come gather and sing the praises of the fair beauty of bishops,
The glory of the fathers,
The fountain of wonders and great protector of the faithful.
Let us all say: Rejoice, O guardian of the people of Myra,
Their head and honored counselor,
The pillar of the Church which cannot be shaken.
Rejoice, O light full of brightness
That makes the...
Feast of St Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome
CHRIST IS BORN in Bethlehem of Judea. And the angels sing and proclaim the Divine glory, and declare unto earth peace. But to the heavenly good news of peace, the earthly men respond with a gnashing of hatred, suspicion and malice. The very threshold of the Bethlehem cave was sprinkled by an innocent blood, by the blood of the innocent...
Feast of the Ten Martyrs of Crete
Refrain: Glory to You utterly from all of us.
1. Who, being a mortal, can tell about the Reviver of all, // Who left the height of His majesty and came down to smallness? // You, Who magnify all by being born, magnify my weak mind // that I may tell about Your birth, not to investigate Your majesty, // but to proclaim...
Feast of St. Ambrose of Milan
HEARKEN, You who rule Israel,
You who sit upon the cherubim.
Appear before Ephraim; rouse up
Your power and come (Cf. Ps. 80.1-2)!
Come, redeemer of the nations,
Show forth the virgin’s begetting.
Let the whole world marvel:
such a birth begets God.
Not by a man’s seed
but by a mystical inbreathing
did the Word of God become flesh
and the fruit of...