Words of the Saints to Ponder While Journeying Toward Bethlehem
St. Gregory Nazianzen (329 – Jan. 25, 390)
Born: Modern day Turkey
Doctor of the Church, Cappadocian Priest, Theologian, Ecumenical Teacher, and Bishop.
Feast day: Jan. 2nd
Patron Saint of: The Harvest, Harvesters, and Poets
“Christ is born, glorify Him! Christ from heaven, go out to meet Him! Christ on earth, be exalted! Sing to the Lord all the whole earth; and that I may join both in one word, let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him who is of heaven and then of earth. Christ in the flesh, rejoice with trembling and with joy, with trembling because of your sins, with joy because of your hope.”
Dear Lord Jesus, I tremble when I imagine the donkey ride for your mother. I tremble when I think Joseph putting on a brave face for Mary. I shiver at the thought of your manger bed. The Master of all the world lays His head on a pillow of straw. I pray I can open my heart for you to make your abode. Beloved Christmas Miracle, save me, I wait and long for your coming
Savior of the Nations, Come!
Savior of the nations, come,
virgin’s Son, make here thy home!
Marvel now, O heav’n and earth,
that the Lord chose such a birth.