Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.
Antiphon 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)
O Sapientia. Advent Antiphon, no. 1 The Queens’ Chapel Players and the Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge, dir. Silas Wollston.
The Risk of Birth (Christmas, 1973)
This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.
That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn—
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.
When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn—
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.
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
Hugo van der Goes (Flemish) , Mary and Joseph on the Way to Bethlehem (1475) from the Portinari Altarpiece, Uffizi Gallery, Florence
May the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting. Amen.