The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia
"But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." (Luke 2.19)
Henry Ossawana Tanner. The Anunciation (1898) Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Johann Sebastian Bach.
Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm bis an der Welt Ende.
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, dir. Ton Koopman.
The Naming of Jesus
I name you now, from whom all names derive
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.
May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.