Christmas Eve.

Good Morning Everyone,

I pray that each of us is touched more deeply by the light of love, peace and joy during this holy season and that 2012 will be filled with prosperity, good health and much love and joy. And…may we all wake up a bit more to the truth of who we are….beautiful children of God.

Here’s another quote from Fr. Richard filled with interesting insights and a very positive message.

Richard’s Daily Meditations



Saturday, December 24

Christmas Eve

In 1847, a parish priest in France asked a simple wine merchant in his

church if he would compose a poem for the Christmas Mass. He wrote the

words to the music that became O Holy Night [1] and will be sung with great

solemnity and emotion in many halls and churches throughout the world

tonight. It deserves to be.


I offer this song because of one truly inspired line. It says that when

God came among us in the shape and form of Jesus, suddenly “the soul

felt its worth!” Yes, that is it! We cannot mirror ourselves; we all

must be mirrored by another. When God mirrored us through the entrance,

invitation, and eyes of Jesus, the certainty of our redemption was once

and for all given and accomplished. In Franciscan eyes, we needed no

further blood sacrifice to reveal God’s intentions toward us. We were

already saved by the gaze from the manger.


The poet goes on to sing further of “a thrill of hope” and a “new

and glorious morn.” Again, well said, as poets and musicians so often

do! I am sure much of the conscious or unconscious sentiment of this

feast is that tonight and tomorrow, on some wonderful level, the soul

finally and forever does feel its worth!


O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

O night, O holy night, O night divine!


Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,

With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

Here came the wise men from Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,

In all our trials born to be our Friend!

He knows our need—to our weakness is no stranger.

Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!


Truly He taught us to love one another;

His law is love and His Gospel is peace.

Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother

And in His Name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

Let all within us praise His holy Name!

Christ is the Lord! O praise His name forever!

His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!


O Holy Night, words: Placide Cappeau, 1847

(Minuit, chrétiens, c’est l’heure solennelle);

English singing rendition by John Sullivan Dwight (1812-1893).

Music: Adolphe C. Adam (1803-1856).

~ Richard Rohr, December 2011

Starter Prayer: O Holy Night, help me remember my identity in You






4 responses to “Christmas Eve.

  1. Nalini Shenefelt

    December 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful! Anne! Gratitude for the reminder that We are ALL Children of God/Goddess! AMEN
    Many Blessings!

    • revwelker

      December 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm

      Yes, Nalini….. we all need reminders about who we really are!!! We forget so easily!!!

  2. Diane Milowicki

    December 25, 2011 at 12:54 am

    My favorite Christmas song – has been since I used to sing it with my father when I was just a little girl. For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn…

    Wishing you a blessed Christmas, Anne.

    • revwelker

      December 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      Oh Holy NIght is my favorite Christmas song also. What a fond memory of singing with your Dad. I too shared music with my Dad. I have some very fond memories of learning and playing and enjoying all kinds of music with him. I’m thinking about you right now and wishing you also a blessed Christmas.


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