Tuesday, January 2, 2018

9th Day of Christmas: Two Doctors and the Light in the Stable

 Merry Christmas!  Today is the 9th Day of Christmas; the Christmas season officially ends one week from today, with the Baptism of Our Lord. It is also the Memorial of two Doctors of the Church, St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen.

 
Nativity, Petrus Christus
    Let's keep the Christmas lights burning a little longer.  This is the first day of the Christmas Season that is not a solemnity, and for some of us (particularly if we are teachers or students) it's the first ordinary work day since the Feast of the Nativity itself.  Today seems a good day for the clip below, a lovely little Christmas song written in 1975 by Steve and Elizabeth Rhymer, and first recorded that year by Emmylou Harris (with some vocal help from her friends Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, and Dolly Parton): 


Hail, hail to the newborn king
Let our voices sing him our praises
Hail, hail to the guiding light
That brought us tonight to our savior


Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia
Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia


Come now, there it shines so bright
To the knowing light of the stable
Lean close to the child so dear
Cast aside your fear and the thankful


Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia
Ale, alleluia, alle, alleluia