Saturday, December 27, 2008


Just in case any fans of flagellated unicellular green algae are visiting this cyber-bailiwick ...

December 27, 2008

St John, apostle and evangelist.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

And from the archives ...

Three Christmas prayers from the eminent 20th-century Anglican Dr Eric Milner-White.

The Nativity of Christ

Thy Nativity, O Christ our God, hath revealed to the world the Light of wisdom : for in it those who worshipped the stars were taught by a star to adore thee, the Sun of Righteousness, and to know thee, the Dayspring from on high. Glory be to thee, O Lord.

The Virgin to-day giveth birth to him who is above all creation; and the earth offereth the cave to him whom none can approach unto. Angels and shepherds sing glory, and wise men journey with a star, since for our sake hath come as a new-born Child he who from all eternity is God.

from A Manual of Eastern Orthodox Prayers (SVS Press, 1999), p. 32

Christmas at dawn, Sarum rite

Almighty God, who hast poured upon us the new light of thine Incarnate Word; grant that the same light enkindled in our hearts may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

from The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. George Appleton, prayer no. 617

December 25, 2008

Solemnity of Christmas.

And let me take this opportunity to wish all visitors to dark speech upon the harp a very happy, healthy Christmas filled with blessings ...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas midnight

O God who hast made this most hallowed night resplendent with the glory of the true Light; grant that we who have known the mysteries of that Light on earth, may enter into the fullness of his joys in heaven.

from The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. George Appleton, prayer no. 615

A beautiful essay

A lapidary post on Christian love, at Broken Alabaster.

A prayer from the eastern church (2)

Christ is born, give glory. Christ comes from heaven, meet him. Christ is on earth, be exalted. O all the earth, sing unto the Lord, and sing praises in gladness, O all you people, for he has been glorified.

Wisdom and Word and Power, Christ our God is the Son and the Brightness of the Father; and unknown to the powers both above and upon the earth, he was made man, and so had won us back again: for he has been glorified.

from The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. George Appleton, prayer no. 614

December 24, 2008

Vigil of the Nativity. Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

A Christmas greeting

Silent Night. From a young performer.

This week's Marianne Moore

[...] the devouring gorgon romantic love, toward which, as toward wine, unfaith is renewal

from The Complete Prose of Marianne Moore, p. 367

A prayer of the eastern church

What shall we offer thee, O Christ,
Who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man?
Every creature made by thee offers thee thanks.
The angels offer thee a hymn;
The heavens a star;
The magi, gifts;
The shepherds, their wonder;
The earth, its cave;
The wilderness, the manger:
And we offer thee a Virgin Mother.
O God from everlasting, have mercy upon us.

From The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. George Appleton, prayer no. 612

Mariani's bio of Hopkins, redux

Go read Meredith's review at Dappled Things!

December 23, 2008

Optional memorial of St John of Kanty. Christmas Eve Eve! O Emanuel.

Monday, December 22, 2008