The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
December 31, 2020
Today, in God’s Lavish Mercy, we pray with Psalm 96, which set the tone for us to more deeply appreciate our beautiful Gospel today on this New Year’s Eve.
The LORD comes,Psalm 96: 13
comes to align the earth in Grace.
The LORD shall tender the world
with merciful justice
and the peoples with divine constancy.
I think no one describes this mysterious, yet enfleshed, God more beautifully that the writer of John’s Gospel and Epistles.
For our prayer, let’s savor that beauty from today’s Gospel.
Poetry: a prayer from Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179 – O Eternal Lord
Dear Friends, perhaps we might pray Hildegard’s prayer for one another as we leave this painful year and move toward New Hope.
O eternal Lord,
it is pleasing to you
to burn in that same fire of love,
like that from which our bodies are born,
and from which you begot your Son
in the first dawn before all of Creation.
So consider this need which falls upon us,
and relieve us of it for the sake of your Son,
and lead us in joyous prosperity.