Day Two — 26 December — The Feast of St Stephen

The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia

Readings (Click the links to see the readings)

2 Chronicles 24.17-22 | Ps 31.1-8 | Acts 6.8-10 and 7.54-60 | Matthew 10.17-22 |

Stephen

Rembrandt. De steniging van de H. Stefanus (1625). Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon.

Good King Wenceslas, arranged and played by Per-Olov Kindgren

Noël
Anne Porter

When snow is shaken
From the balsam trees
And they're cut down
And brought into our houses

When clustered sparks
Of many-colored fire
Appear at night
In ordinary windows

We hear and sing
The customary carols

They bring us ragged miracles
And hay and candles
And flowering weeds of poetry
That are loved all the more
Because they are so common

But there are carols
That carry phrases
Of the haunting music
Of the other world
A music wild and dangerous
As a prophet's message

Or the fresh truth of children
Who though they come to us
From our own bodies
Are altogether new
With their small limbs
And birdlike voices

They look at us With their clear eyes
And ask the piercing questions
God alone can answer.

Prayer

Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we
made in your image, conform ourselves to it.
In our own strength
we cannot imitate Your majesty, power, and wonder
nor is it fitting for us to try.
But Your mercy reaches from the heavens
through the clouds to the earth below.
You have come to us as a small child,
but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts,
the gift of eternal love
Caress us with Your tiny hands,
embrace us with Your tiny arms
and pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries.
—St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.


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