Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.
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December’s wild collective madness strikes!
Remote from human suffering at the Pole,
I cannot soil the Incarnation's gift
Give me the God whose feet have touched the ground
December's now the torment of my year;
From To Tease Our Knowing, by Jim McPherson.
St. Nicholas "Lipensky" Icon from Lipnya Church of St. Nicholas in Novgorod, 13th Century.
Almighty God, whom truly to know is everlasting life:
grant us to perfectly know your Son Jesus Christ
as the way, the truth and the life, and that,
following in the footsteps of friends like Nicholas
who loved the poor, the weak and the young,
and who gave what he had to enrich those who had but little,
we may faithfully walk in the way that leads to eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In case you lack motivation to shoot Santa Claus …
Design & direction: Nupur Bhargava; Music direction: IshQ Bector;
Singers: Shree Dayal, Prajakta Shukre & Sonny Ravan. MTV, Viacom18,India
… and to aid your recovery from the above:
Joseph Haydn, "Credo", from St Nicholas Mass, mass no.6 in G, Hob. XXII.
Nancy Argenta, Catherine Robbin, Michael Schade, Alastair Miles with The English Concert, dir. Trevor Pinnock, 1993.
May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.