“That first Christmas evening”

I wish a merry Christmas and blessed Christmas season to all my readers.

It is common, in some circles in which I move, to say that Jesus was born “that first Christmas morning” or even “that first Christmas morn.” But I, being curious and something of a quibbler by nature, have at times wondered: what time of day was the Christ Child born? Is the idea that he was born in the morning “possible, but in this life we’ll never know,” like the popular notion that there were exactly three Magi (or in fact that he was born on what is now December 25), or “unlikely,” like Rossetti’s charming, picturesque, theologically on-point, but in-details-dubious poem “In the Bleak Midwinter”? Continue reading ““That first Christmas evening””


“Heralds’ Rejoicing”

Painting of the angel seated on the stone

The Christ has risen; heaven’s hosts rejoice.
They who proclaimed his birth in human flesh
Had stood, these days, in battle-readiness
Lest he who made them should have need of them,
But he has won this victory alone.
All that remains for angel heralds bright
Is to announce this joyful news: Rejoice!

I wrote this poem this week to mark Eastertide. I had intended to make it longer and talk about each of the characters in the Gospel accounts in turn, as I did in last year’s poem, but in the end I didn’t think I could write more than this one stanza and still post it today.

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