WE beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the Love of God and the Truth of Christ bring joy this day as we celebrate the miraculous conception where the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Let us also remember the holy and faith servant of God, Mary and like her say to the Lord, “Be it unto me as you have spoken.”
Today it begins: He is formed within the womb that He had formed; He grew to be a man like He had made.
Hope to see you this evening as we celebrate!
by John Donne
Salvation to all that will is nigh,
That All, which always is All everywhere,
Which cannot sin, and yet all sins must bear,
Which cannot die, yet cannot choose but die,
Loe, faithful Virgin, yields himself to lie
In prison, in thy womb; and though he there
Can take no sin, nor thou give, yet he’will wear
Taken from thence, flesh, which death’s force may try.
Ere by the spheres time was created, thou
Wast in his mind, who is thy Son, and Brother,
Whom thou conceiv’st, conceiv’d; yea thou art now
Thy maker’s maker, and thy Father’s mother,
Thou hast light in dark; and shutst in little room,