From an altarpiece by Gentile da Fabriano. 1423. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence.
Sr. M. Chrysostom, OSB
The winds were scornful,
And gathering Angels
A burdened Mother
Did not mind
That only animals
For who in all the world
That God would search out
— in Robert, Cyril. Mary Immaculate: God's Mother and Mine. New York: Marist Press, 1946.
Who by a star
guided the wise men to the worship of your Son
we pray you to lead to yourself
the wise and great of every land
that unto you every knee may bow,
and every thought be brought into captivity
to Jesus Christ our Lord.
Justice, mercy and peace
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Carol of the birds
Lyrics by John Wheeler, music by William G. James, 1948
Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir
Out on the plains the brolgas are dancing Lifting their feet like war horses prancing, up to the sun the woodlarks go winging. Faint in the dawn light echoes their singing: Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day.
Down where the tree ferns grow by the river, there where the waters sparkle and quiver, deep in the gullies bell-birds are chiming, softly and sweetly their lyric notes rhyming: Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day
Friar birds sip the nectar of flowers. Currawongs chant in the wattle tree bowers. In the blue ranges lorikeets calling; Carols of bushbirds rising and falling: Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day.
May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.