Thursday 17 December

Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.

O Sapientia

O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching from one end to the other mightily,
and sweetly ordering all things:
Come and teach us the way of prudence.
(cf Ecclesiasticus 24.3; Wisdom 8.1)


Genesis 49:2, 8-10 | Psalm 72:1-7 | Matthew 1:1-17

Gloria in Profundis
G. K. Chesterton

There has fallen on earth for a token
A god too great for the sky.
He has burst out of all things and broken
The bounds of eternity:
Into time and the terminal land
He has strayed like a thief or a lover,
For the wine of the world brims over,
Its splendour is spilt on the sand.

Who is proud when the heavens are humble,
Who mounts if the mountains fall,
If the fixed stars topple and tumble
And a deluge of love drowns all-
Who rears up his head for a crown,
Who holds up his will for a warrant,
Who strives with the starry torrent,
When all that is good goes down?

For in dread of such falling and failing
The fallen angels fell
Inverted in insolence, scaling
The hanging mountain of hell:
But unmeasured of plummet and rod
Too deep for their sight to scan,
Outrushing the fall of man
Is the height of the fall of God.

Glory to God in the Lowest
The spout of the stars in spate-
Where thunderbolt thinks to be slowest
And the lightning fears to be late:
As men dive for sunken gem
Pursuing, we hunt and hound it,
The fallen star has found it
In the cavern of Bethlehem.


Holy God,
your prophets call us to look forward to the dawn of a new day;
may we who witness the promised springtime
prepare the way for the coming Sun of Justice, Jesus your Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.
— Bosco Peters

"An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham." (Matthew 1.1)


The genealogy at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel, from the First Bible of Charles the Bald (823-877), also known as the Vivian Bible, now in the National Library of France. It is a Carolingian-era Bible commissioned by Count Vivian, the lay abbot of Saint-Martin de Tours, and presented to Charles the Bald in 846.

Arvo Pärt. Seiben Magnificat Antiphonen, I: O Weisheit
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tönu Kaljuste.

May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.

St Philip's Anglican Church, corner Moorhouse and Macpherson Streets, O'Connor, ACT 2602