December 2, 2020

Christmas Day

Birth of Christ, Albertinelli

Nativity of Our Lord — Christmas Day
December 25, 2011

Isaiah 62:6-12
Psalm 97
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:1-20

Prayer of the Day
All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with peace. Call us out of darkness, and empower us to proclaim the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

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A baby is a harmless thing
And wins our hearts with one accord,
And Flower of Babies was their King,
Jesus Christ our Lord:
Lily of lilies He
Upon His Mother’s knee;
Rose of roses, soon to be
Crowned with thorns on leafless tree.

A lamb is innocent and mild
And merry on the soft green sod;
And Jesus Christ, the Undefiled,
Is the Lamb of God:
Only spotless He
Upon his Mother’s knee;
White and ruddy, soon to be
Sacrificed for you and me.

Nay, lamb is not so sweet a word,
Nor lily half so pure a name;
Another name our hearts hath stirred,
Kindling them to flame:
‘Jesus’ certainly
Is music and melody!
Heart with heart in harmony
Carol we and worship we!

Christina Rosetti, before 1886


  1. Merry Christmas to you, CM, and Jeff, and Damaris, and Martha and Michael Bell and HUG and Steve Martin and James the Mad and David Cornwell and Eagle (yes, you too, Eagle), and EVERYONE here at the iMonastery!

    And Happy Birthday, Jesus!