Christmas Eve 2017
ProLifecorner- “At length,” says Saint Peter Damian, in his Sermon for this holy Eve, “at length we have got from the stormy sea into the tranquil port; hitherto it was the promise, now it is the prize; hitherto labour, now rest; hitherto despair, now hope; hitherto the way, now our home. The heralds of the divine promise came to us; but they gave us nothing but rich pro- mises. Hence, our Psalmist himself grew wearied, and slept, and, with a seeming reproachful tone, thus sings his lamentation to God: But you hast rejected and despised us; you have deferred the coming of your Christ. At another time he assumes a tone of demand, and thus prays: you that sittest upon the Cherubim, shoiv yourself! Seated on your high throne, with myriads of adoring Angels around you, look down upon the children of men, who are victims of that sin, which was committed indeed by Adam, but permitted by your justice. Remember what my substance is; you didst make it to the likeness of your own; for though every living man is vanity, yet inasmuch as he is made to your Image, he is not a passing vanity} Bend your heavens and come down, and turn the eyes of your mercy upon us your miserable suppliants, and forget us not unto the end!
“Isaias, also, in the vehemence of his desire, thus spoke: For Sion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest, till her Just One come forth as brightness. Oh! that you wouldst rend the heavens, and wouldst come down! So, too, all the Prophets, tired of the long delay of the Coming, have prayed to you, now with supplication, now with lamentation, and now with cries of impatience. We have listened to these their prayers; we have made use of them as our own, and now, nothing can give us joy or gladness, till our Savior come to us, and, kissing us with the kiss of his lips, say to us, I have heard and granted your prayers. Continue reading