Christmas Daybook, 8: The Holy of Holies

My Christmas daybook for these 12 days of celebrating. We'll be spending Christmastide with the good, old theologian/British mystery writer/ Christmas elf, G.K. Chesterton. Join us, won't you?   (see all Christmas daybook 2016-17 posts here)

Rest of the holy family  by Le Nain brothers ( source )

Rest of the holy family by Le Nain brothers (source)

‘ELDER father, though thine eyes
Shine with hoary mysteries,
Canst thou tell what in the heart
Of a cowslip blossom lies?

’Smaller than all lives that be,
Secret as the deepest sea,
Stands a little house of seeds,
Like an elfin’s granary,

’Speller of the stones and weeds,
Skilled in Nature’s crafts and creeds,
Tell me what is in the heart
Of the smallest of the seeds.’

’God Almighty, and with Him
Cherubim and Seraphim,
Filling all eternity—
Adonai Elohim.’
— "The Holy of Holies", G.K. Chesterton: The Wild Knight and Other Poems


Listen: Hosanna by Josh Garrels 

Today's Readings: Isaiah 63:7-9, Psalm 148, Hebrews 2:10-18, Matthew 2:13-23

Prayer for the Day:  The Collect for the First Sunday After Christmas

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
— Book of Common Prayer

12 Ways To Savor the 12 Days of Christmas (my post for Christmastide from a few years ago)