Christmas Eve

Christmas eve…my children are excited and we have the traditional crib service.

I love hymns but Christmas is a time for carols and the best ever is…

In the Bleak Midwinter.

It is based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti and was written sometime before 1872 in response to a request from the magazine Scribner’s Monthly for a Christmas poem.

It was published posthumously in Rossetti’s Poetic Works in 1904.

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk,
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air –
But only His mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man
I would do my part;
Yet what I can, I give Him –
Give my heart.

It was expected in the Victorian Britain that you attended church and even today we can still see the remnants of that as people attended church on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

 

 

 

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