Christmas Eve 2013

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24 Responses to Christmas Eve 2013

  1. Oh Sinc, you big softy. Thanks for that; it’s rather lovely.

    When did the Wise Men really arrive? Luke says ‘they entered the house’, which makes me think it was later than the actual baby arrival day. But ultimately, who cares. They arrived, and that’s all that matters.

    I love Evelyn Waugh’s novel Helena, and her prayer at the crib to the Wise Men:

    You, too, found room before the manger. Your gifts were not exactly needed, but they were accepted and put carefully by, for they were brought through love. In that new order of charity that had just come to life, there was room for you, too. You were not lower in the eyes of the holy family than the ox or the ass.

    You are my special patrons and the patrons of all latecomers, of all who have a tedious journey to make to the truth, of all who are confused with knowledge and speculation, of all who through their politeness make themselves partners in guilt, of all who stand in danger by reason of their talents.

    For His sake, who did not reject your curious gifts, pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not quite be forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.

  2. Baldrick

    Well is bourbon o’clock, so cheers … Merry Christmas.

  3. Chris M

    When did the Wise Men really arrive?

    When Jesus was around 2 years old. Herod ordered all the male children in the area two years old and under to be put to death.

    Shocking state controlled destruction of infants (it happens in the womb these days – and more so to female children).

  4. David

    What Gab said – truly beautiful.

    You would need a heart of stone not to appreciate that clip and the beauty of the music.

    Kol tuv

  5. stackja

    Gospel Luke 2:15-20
    When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
    So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
    When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.
    All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.
    And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.
    Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen,
    just as it had been told to them.

  6. Noddy

    Thank you Sinc.
    The beginning of the greatest story ever told.
    The birth of every child is a miracle and a pity some of them turn out to be politicians and bureaucrats… it spoils their early image!
    A Happy and Joyous Christmas to all contributors to this blog.
    Have a Great Day Tomorrow.

  7. iamok

    Congrats Cats on a fantastic year. Now it’s time to relax with a very merry and happy Christmas. And stay safe.

  8. Arnost

    May your god bless all of you – and have a prosperous new year… (And if you’re traveling – be safe). Hope to do it all again next year.

    Thanks Sinc!

    (And special blessings to you Aliice – I hope that your next year is one to heal your wounds… Be strong.)

    Arnost

  9. kae

    Josh Groban has an amazing voice.

    I’ve been a fan for a long time. February Song started it.

  10. Pedro the Ignorant

    Merry Christmas, Cats.

  11. ClockingOff

    Tradition says the wise men arrived about two weeks later – hence the Orthodox celebration of Christmas on 7th January.

  12. A Lurker

    About to go to bed – Merry Christmas to all the Cats from A Lurker.

  13. Obio

    Delightful!
    The Christmas countdown has been a real treat.
    Merry Christmas all.

  14. JohnA

    Chris M #1123159, posted on December 24, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    When did the Wise Men really arrive?

    When Jesus was around 2 years old. Herod ordered all the male children in the area two years old and under to be put to death.

    Shocking state controlled destruction of infants (it happens in the womb these days – and more so to female children).

    Yes, I’m with you, Chris.

    Hollywood doesn’t do history all that well – and bends tradition a fair bit too, ClockingOff.

  15. Steve D

    Herod would have been ultra-cautious in specifying the 2-year-old threshold to the Roman soldiers. Just to make sure the one baby was not spared.

    Even if he was ultimately thwarted anyway.

  16. Ubique

    Christmas already in NSW and Vic. The sun’s not long set here in Freo. Merry Christmas Cats one and all!

  17. Chris M

    Steve D – I think you would be quite right however the point is that the event with the Magi (wise men) was at some later time to the birth of Christ.

  18. A cold coming we had of it,
    Just the worst time of the year
    For a journey, and such a long journey:
    The was deep and the weather sharp,
    The very dead of winter.
    And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
    Lying down in the melting snow.
    There were times we regretted
    The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
    And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
    Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
    And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
    And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
    And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
    And the villages dirty, and charging high prices.:
    A hard time we had of it.
    At the end we preferred to travel all night,
    Sleeping in snatches,
    With the voices singing in our ears, saying
    That this was all folly.

    Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
    Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
    With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
    And three trees on the low sky,
    And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
    Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
    Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
    And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.
    But there was no information, and so we continued
    And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
    Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.

    All this was a long time ago, I remember,
    And I would do it again, but set down
    This set down
    This: were we lead all that way for
    Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
    We had evidence and no doubt. I have seen birth and death,
    But had thought they were different; this Birth was
    Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
    We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
    But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
    With an alien people clutching their gods.
    I should be glad of another death.

    (T S Eliot – The Journey of the Magi)
    A holy Christmas to all…..

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