Monday, December 15, 2014

What shall we offer Thee?

During this festive period we identify that God sends His Son to the world. The objective of this event is, of course, the salvation of the whole created world. But, what do we offer back? A beautiful hymn, from vespers, shows this reality, how Mary (who represents all of mankind) consents to this relationship:

‘What shall we offer Thee, O Christ, who for our sakes hast appeared on earth as man? Every creature made by Thee offers Thee thanks. The angels offer Thee a hymn; the heavens a star; the Magi, gifts; the shepherds, their wonder; the earth, its cave; the wilderness, the manger; and we offer Thee a Virgin Mother. O pre-eternal God, have mercy upon us.’[1]  

[1] Mother Mary, Kallistos Ware, The Festal Menaion, (London, Faber and Faber, 1959), p. 254. 

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