25 December 2011

25 December - CHRISTMAS

Hodie Christus natus est: hodie salvator apparuit:
Hodie in terra canunt angeli, laetantur archangeli:
Hodie exultant justi, dicentes: gloria in excelsis Deo:

(Today Christ is born; today the Saviour has appeared;
Today the angels sing on earth, the archangels rejoice;
Today the righteous rejoice, saying: Glory to God in the highest:

The Hours of Catherine of Cleves, c1440

For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.  His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and forever; the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6, 7

Good Christian men rejoice, with heart and soul and voice!
Give ye heed to what we say: News! News!
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before Him bow, and He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!