Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mary of Bethlehem




HAVE WE SUNG or heard this lovely Advent hymn at home or in church these Advent weeks?

O come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.

Dear Savior haste!
Come, come to earth,
Dispel the night and show Thy face,
And bid us hail the dawn of grace.

O Come, Divine Messiah,
The world in silence waits the day
When hope shall sing its triumph,
And sadness flee away.


The icon of the Mother of God seen here is found in the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. A woman is reaching out to touch the face of the icon. We can imagine she is standing on tip-toe, symbolizing the world's ache and longing for the peaceful-joy expressed in the face of the Mother of God - contrasted with the dark shadow. Dispel the night and show Thy face.

To enter the Church of the Nativity one must crouch down and bend over - the door being too small to accommodate an adult. Perhaps the original intent was to keep out enemy soldiers on horseback. Unconsciously however, the little door invites us to consider our own littleness, our condition as servants before God, to leave our pride and power outside. Today perhaps the gesture will be lost on many people who only express irritation at the inconvenience and discomfort. Someone might say, "Oh, what a silly door." 

Here we are a few days before Christmas with news of a recent attack upon a school in Pakistan - over one hundred forty five staff and students as young as seven years of age, murdered. And sadness flee away.

7 comments:

  1. Senseless murders. Let us pray for these young souls and their grieving parents.

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  2. Let us not forget that violence and senseless attacks happen right here in our own country....may the angels conduct the assassinated NYPD officers to paradice and retun to bring peace to our homeland!

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  3. This is beautiful Father. It is needed today as a reminder to all that we are little in the greatness of God, yet he sent his son as an innocent baby choosing a humble servant to raise his human form. God grants us precious life and we waste it in so many ways.

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  4. Gazing at the image of the Blessed Virgin always brings a sense of peace. Thank you for the many images here, always a source of comfort.

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  5. I don't think I know this hymn. Does it have a name son that I might look for it.

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  6. Such a pretty and soft looking icon of Mary. I pray her and her Son will make haste, dispel the unrest in our country and show their faces at Christmas to all the people making hearts more harmonious.

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