His Name Shall Be Called Emmanuel

 

We pray that you all have a  very Merry and Blessed  Christmas
and the very best new Year ever!

“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel.”

His name shall be called Emmanuel, that is, “God with us.” This is truly the meaning of Christmas, the Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, God with us!  For, as St. Jean-Marie Vianney, the Curé of Ars tells us, “… the second Person of the Trinity had taken a human nature, a human body, and a human soul, the same as we have. He has become one of us. He is like us in all things, with the exception of sin, says the Apostle. That is the first step of the mercy of God which we devoutly adore in the crib at Bethlehem. Sin separated man from God; between man and God there yawned a deep chasm, which man was not capable of bridging over.” (1)

And, in infinite humility, He comes not as a ruler of this world, in great pomp and pageantry but as a Child, entering our world as helplessly as we ourselves do. From St. Jean Vianney again, “Who can comprehend the greatness of the mercy of God in His abasement? Let the eagle become a worm, and at the same time preserve his eagle nature, you give him the greatest torture, because he can no longer move his wings. Give the lion, with his lion nature, the form of a snail, and he would roar with pain. What a fetter is our body for our soul! But it bears no comparison to the abasement which God laid upon Himself when He took a human body and abased Himself like unto a man.”

And why was this so?

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Merry Christmas, 2016

Alleluia, alleluia! The Lord hath said to Me: Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee. Alleluia.

 

Quem Terra by Chanticleer

Quem Terra

The Lord, whom earth, and sea and sky
With one adoring voice proclaim;
Who rules them all in majesty,
Enclosed Himself in Mary’s frame.

Lo! In a humble Virgin’s womb,
O’ershadowed by Almighty Power;
He whom the stars and sun and moon,
Each serve in their appointed hour.

O! Mother blest, to whom was given
Within thy body to contain,
The Architect of earth and heaven,
Whose hands the universe sustain.

To thee was sent an Angel down,
In thee the Spirit was enshrined;
Of thee was born that mighty one,
The long desired of all mankind.

O Jesu! Born of Virgin bright!
To Thee immortal glory be!
Praise to the Father Infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally!
Amen.

Praying for you and yours a very blessed and happy Christmas!

May the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph bless and protect you and your family in the coming year.