Fr. Cyril of the Mother of God’s version of “The Night before Christmas.”

 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.

Fr. Cyril of the Mother of God, O.C.D. ©, 2011

 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

© Used With Permission.


Thank you and May God Bless You! Remember, !!!KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!!!

About KJ JMJ

Hello. My name is Ken. I have been discerning the Call for quite a long time, since I was knee high and my Grandpa took me to Holy Hill. I am particularly discerning a vocation as a Discalced Carmelite Friar. I hope this blog offers some assistance to you in discerning your own vocation. Please visit this blog often and journey with me as we all discover the call that God has given to each us.
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