Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas everybody!

We went to Midnight Mass at Holy Trinity Brompton last night: a delightful service made more so for me by the presence of a choir that sang the Sparrow Mass liturgically - highly unusual for a Charismatic Evangelical service. People from all over the world were there and it was a really joyful occasion.

On the way in we saw hundreds of people queuing for the Midnight Mass at the Brompton Oratory next door. Amazing what powerhouses these two adjacent Churches have become.

Here is my translation of the traditional Christmas Psalm, Psalm 19.
The heavens are telling the glory of God;
    the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day tells its tale to another day,
    and night imparts knowledge unto night.
There is neither speech nor language;
    and their voices among them are not heard;
yet their sound has gone out unto all lands,
    and their words unto to the ends of the world.
In the heavens he has set a tabernacle for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom from his chamber,
    and rejoices like a champion to run.
It rises from the far end of the heavens,
    and runs its circuit to the end again;
    and nothing’s hidden from the heat thereof.
The LORD’s law: perfect, it revives the soul;
The LORD’s testimonies: sure, make wise the simple;
The LORD statutes: right, and rejoice the heart;
The LORD’s commandment: pure, gives light to eyes;
The LORD’s fear: clean, and it endures forever;
The LORD’s judgements are true and all are right
More desirable than gold,  yea much fine gold;
Sweeter than honey,  dripping from the comb.
Moreover by them is your servant taught;
    In keeping of them there is great reward.
O who can understand how oft they err?
    O purify me from my hidden faults.
And keep your servant from intentional sins ;
    let them not rule in me. Then I’ll be sound,
    and be acquitted from transgressions great.
Let my mouth’s words and my heart’s thoughts find favour
With you, O LORD, my fortress and my saviour.
Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

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