Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, and that we all remember that, according to the Catholic liturgical calendar, Christmas is just beginning! While Christmas is over for secular America after the Christmas afternoon meal, we celebrate Christmastide through the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 13. This period includes the feasts of the Holy Innocents, the Holy Family, Mary Mother of God, and more. I have posted the hymn “What Child Is This?” below, because I think the tune and lyrics are beautiful. I especially like verse two that connects the incarnation to the cross.

What Child is this who, laid to rest,
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The babe, the son of Mary!

Why lies He in such mean estate
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
The Cross be borne for me, for you;
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The babe, the son of Mary!

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh;
Come peasant, king to own Him.
The King of kings salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
Raise, raise, the song on high,
The virgin sings her lullaby;
Joy, joy, for Christ is born,
The babe, the son of Mary!

Photo taken by me on Dec. 23, 2007