By Fr. John-Brian
"Make us worthy, O Lord God, to hallow Thee with the holy seraphim without
investigation; to bless Thee with the blessed cherubim without hesitation;
to glorify Thee with the exalted powers without hindrance; to adore Thee
with the heavenly hosts without any blame; to exalt Thee with the innocent
shepherds unceasingly; to worship Thee with the discerning wise men
steadfastly; and to rejoice in Thee, with Mary who bore Thee, eternally; now
and always and forever and ever.
(Opening Prayer at the Festival of
Christ's Holy Nativity)
"The mind cannot envision what God has set in store for creation. The
destiny is good without mitigation, pure joy in love, peace in community
with all, ecstasy without triumph, sweeter than anything our mind and sense
can now enjoy. The human mind can neither conceive of nor imagine what God
has set in store for us and for all creation. Our fantasy and our
imagination cannot soar so high. Even when we finally experience it, it
will be beyond all language and concept. It is the Spirit that assures me
of this. And the Spirit leads me there. That Spirit, we have a foretaste.
The reality will surpass all present hope and human expectation. Glory be
to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, one true God, forever
His Grace Dr. Paulos Mar Gregorios (d. 1996)
May each of us get a foretaste of that which is to come during this festival
of light, hope and peace! May you be blessed as you bless - may Christ God
bless and increase all good things for you and for all your loved ones!