Friday, December 25, 2009

Incarnation

by Dr. Eric Milner-White (1884-1963)

What is man that thou visitest him,
      and the son of man that thou so regardest him?


LORD, let me kneel before thy miracle
      -- an infant in a stable
            on a human mother's breast,
      from all eternity thine only begotten Son,
            thy Word from before beginning,
      God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God,
            of his own choice, of thine own purpose,
                  made mortal man.

What is man that thou visitest him,
      and the son of man that thou so regardest him?


O CHRIST, let me kneel before the wonder of thy Glory
            thus made manifest to all flesh;
      to be made one with thy lowliness,
                  one with thine obedience,
                  one with thy majesty of love,
      in a union, that by thy grace
                  shall know no divorce
                      unto the ages of ages. Amen.


Eric Milner-White, My God, My Glory : Aspirations, Acts, and Prayers on the Desire for God, ed. Joyce Huggett (London : Triangle/SPCK, 1994), p. 57