Antiphon: [The righteous] are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither.
Les Noces de Cana, Louis Kahn, 1949.
"The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!” (Matthew 11.19)
Sonnets for Mary of Nazareth: Ill, by John Burt.
Because he was so plain a god, so calm,
Riding at her heart like any child,
A stirring and attentive passenger
Wakeful in her wordless rush of breath,
She would have been amused, not terriﬁed.
What did he have in mind? she thought at nights
While patient Joseph snored and shepherds woke
It came to her at last: he didn’t know;
He himself would catch it up from her.
What could he want, except to want like her?
To know what weakness is, and casualty,
How being done to teaches her to be,
How losing love enables her to learn
To make of fear her honor and of death her gift.
— from The Way Down. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988.
you exult over us with joy;
as we celebrate what has past
renew us by your love
that we may face the future with hope and joy;
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever. Amen.
— Bosco Peters
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good, who leads you in the way you should go. O that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your prosperity would have been like a river, and your success like the waves of the sea; your offspring would have been like the sand, and your descendants like its grains; their name would never be cut off or destroyed from before me.
1. Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers;
2. but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night.
3. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.
4. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
5. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
6. for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.
‘But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another: "We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn." For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, "He has a demon"; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, "Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax-collectors and sinners!" Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.’
Saviour of the Nations, Come
English language edition of the cantata Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, by Georg Böhm, based on the hymn, the text of which was written by Ambrose of Milan, translated to German by Martin Luther, set to a tune by Johann Walter and here translated into English by William M. Reynolds.
1. Saviour of the nations, come;
virgin's Son, make here your home.
Marvel now, O heav'n and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.
2. Not by human flesh and blood,
by the spirit of our God
was the Word of God made flesh,
woman's offspring, pure and fresh.
3. Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child
of the virgin undefiled,
though by all the world disowned,
still to be in heav'n enthroned.
4. From the Father's throne he came
and ascended to the same,
captive leading death and hell.
High the song of triumph swell!
5. Praise to God the Father sing,
praise to God the Son, our King,
praise to God the Spirit be
ever and eternally.