Saturday, December 31, 2011

On the 7th Day of Christmas we anticipate Theophany

During the Royal Hours of Christmas we sang:
Today is born of a Virgin, he who holds creation in the hollow of his hand (three times).
As a mortal he is wrapped in swaddling rags, he who in his being cannot be handled.
God lies in a manger, who of old established the heavens in the beginning.
He is nourished with milk from the breast, he who rained Manna on the People in the desert.
He summons Magi, the Bridegroom of the Church.
He accepts their gifts, the Son of the Virgin.
We worship your birth, O Christ (three times).
Show us also your divine Epiphany.

This hymn was sung in the same style as “Today is hung upon a tree” from Holy and Great Thursday evening during the Lord’s Crucifixion.

The Nativity of Christ LEADS to something. It leads to the Lord’s revealing (thus the term Epiphany or Theophany) His Divine Trinity to us on the Feast of Theophany also known as His baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist. Today the Church begins liturgically to look forward to that event. Today is the Saturday before Theophany and the readings are established to direct our attention toward God’s revelation of Himself.

Everything the Lord has done since the Fall of Humanity (and is still doing) until now has been leading us toward Him to reconcile us to Himself. The same must be true for our daily spiritual walk. Everything we do must in some direct way have the purpose of leading us closer to God. From our daily prayers to our daily chores, our entire life must be centered upon Christ.

There can be no room in a Christian’s life for tomorrow. Our Church hymns are always in the present. “Today is born…”, “Today is hung upon a tree…”, today…today…today… Don’t put  off to tomorrow what the Lord desires for you today, a true relationship with Him. Find a Church and begin your journey today to a closer relationship with our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Christ is born; Glorify Him! Christ is come from Heaven; Encounter Him!

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