As everyone who follows my blog knows, the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill and the Discalced Carmelite Friars, who serve at the Basilica, hold a very special place in my heart. As a matter of fact, because of the amiable fatherly example which they have set, I have been actively discerning The Call as a Discalced Carmelite priest for many years. I frequent the Basilica almost daily for Holy Mass – the Source and Summit of the Roman Catholic Faith – and for spiritual direction.
This morning, my little brother and I had the honor of serving Holy Mass at the Basilica of Holy Hill. While we were vesting, one of our good friends, Fr. Cyril of the Mother of God, O.C.D., came up to me and handed me a copy of his new poem. Fr. Cyril’s poem is a revised version of “T’was the Night before Christmas.” His beautiful poem is all about the True Meaning of Christmas, namely the birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Fr. Cyril asked if I would put his poem on my blog and so below is his version of “T’was the Night before Christmas.”
The Night before Christmas.
“T’was the night before Christmas
and all through the house,
not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse!”
“When all of a sudden I heard so
much chatter that I sprang from my bed
to see what was the matter and what to my
wondrous eyes should appear but a gathering
of angels giving praise to our God;
For there in their midst was a young married couple,
Mary and Joseph were their names,
and Mary had just given birth to a Son and mind you
this was no ordinary Son but the Incarnate Word,
Son of God, Jesus Christ, the Promise of the Ages.”
“Now I could return to my bed and continue my
slumber, for I knew that our God had blessed us
and would continue to watch over me till I woke on
– Fr. Cyril of the Mother of God, O.C.D. Shrine Minister, Director of Development
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