Christmas Eve: All for the child – the holiest of nights!
Our Advent journey will end tonight in a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ! Are not our hearts welling up in anticipation and even with tears of overwhelming joy?! There are no words anymore.
For many there will be a Mass this afternoon and a Mass at midnight. We will sing “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” describing that night so long ago where Shepherds came and angels broke out in the first Christmas carol ever recorded:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.’ And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.Luke 2: 14-15
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
As Frances Chesterton captures so well in her Christmas poem, Here is the Little Door, “we need not wander more but enter with our gift for Christ on His blessed day of birth….”
Here is the little door, lift up the latch, oh lift!
We need not wander more but enter with our gift;
Our gift of finest gold,
Gold that was never bought nor sold;
Myrrh to be strewn about his bed;
Incense in clouds about his head;
All for the Child who stirs not in his sleep.
But holy slumber holds with ass and sheep.
Bend low about his bed, for each he has a gift;
See how his eyes awake, lift up your hands, O lift!
For gold, he gives a keen-edged sword
(Defend with it Thy little Lord!),
For incense, smoke of battle red.
Myrrh for the honoured happy dead;
Gifts for his children terrible and sweet,
Touched by such tiny hands and
Oh such tiny feet. – Frances Chesterton, Here is the Little Door
Let us thank God on our knees for this most holy night. Glory to God! He has come tonight. He is coming again! May God grant you all peace and bless you. Our Savior is come into the world!