The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia
Giovanni di Paolo di Grazia, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, ca. 1435
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The Presentation in the Temple
The words of a secret have rivet eyes
Two old people wait in the temple shadows
Worn to a thread the old man’s rope of days,
His words lodge in the young mother's thought
—from Conamara Blues. London: Bantam, 2000.
Almighty God and Father of light, a child is born to us an a Son is given to us. Your eternal Word leapt down from heaven in the silent watches of the night, and now your Church is filled with wonder at the nearness of God. Open our hearts to receive his life and increase our vision with the rising of dawn, that our lives may be filled with his glory and his peace, who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Merrill Bradshaw (1929-2000), Psalm 96: Sing unto the Lord a new Song, from Three Psalms for chorus a cappella (1971). BYU Concert Choir, cond. Ralph Woodward, 2014.
May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.