Monthly Archives: December 2009

Merry Christmas

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,

All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee

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Hymn on the Nativity

Our Lady of the New Advent
.Our Lady of the New Advent.

Joyous were to-day the Watchers, that the Wakeful came to wake us!  Who would pass this night in slumber, in which all the world was watching?  Since Adam brought into the world the sleep of death by sins, the Wakeful came down that he might awake us from the deep sleep of sin.

–Ephraim the Syrian, Hymns on the Nativity

One of my favorite Advent hymns: Adam lay Ybounden

Adam lay ybounden,

Bounded in a bond;
Four thousand winter
Thought he not too long.

And all was for an apple,
An apple that he took,
As clerkès finden written
In their book.

Ne had the apple taken been,
The apple taken been,
Ne had never Our Lady
A-been heavené queen.

Blessed be the time
That apple taken was.
Therefore we moun singen
Deo gratias!

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Final Text of the Anglican Covenant released

The final text of the Anglican Covenant which will be sent to the provinces of the Communion for adoption has been released.  Below is Archbishop Rowan Williams’ video introduction to the text, followed by the text itself:

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