Adventus

"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Dec 8--The Immaculate Conception


Ne timeas, Maria.

--Monastic liturgy

OF Mans First Disobedience, and the Fruit
Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,
Sing Heav'nly Muse, that on the secret top
Of Oreb, or of Sinai, didst inspire
That Shepherd, who first taught the chosen Seed,
In the Beginning how the Heav'ns and Earth
Rose out of Chaos: Or if Sion Hill
Delight thee more, and Siloa's Brook that flow'd
Fast by the Oracle of God; I thence
Invoke thy aid to my adventrous Song,
That with no middle flight intends to soar
Above th' Aonian Mount, while it pursues
Things unattempted yet in Prose or Rhime.
And chiefly Thou O Spirit, that dost prefer
Before all Temples th' upright heart and pure,
Instruct me, for Thou know'st; Thou from the first
Wast present, and with mighty wings outspread
Dove-like satst brooding on the vast Abyss
And mad'st it pregnant: What in me is dark
Illumin, what is low raise and support;
That to the highth of this great Argument
I may assert Eternal Providence,
And justifie the wayes of God to men.

--John Milton

Hail, O most worthy in all the world!Thou purest Maiden that ever on earth
Through the long ages lived among humankind!
Rightly all mortals in blithe mood
Name the blessed, and hail thee bride
Of the king of glory.  The thanes of Christ
In heaven the highest, carol and sing
Proclaiming thee lady of the heavenly legions,
Of earthly orders, and the hosts of hell.

Thou bring they maidenhood unto thy maker,
Presenting it there unspotted of sin
Of all humankind there came no other,
No bride with linked jewels, like unto thee
With pure heart sending thy glorious gift
To its heavenly home.  The Lord of triumph
Sent forth his herald from the hosts on high
To bring thee knowledge of abundant grave;
That in pure birth thou should'st bear God's Son
In mercy to people; and thou thyself, Mary,
Remain for ever immaculate maid.

--English lyric

That man say we can't have as much rights as a man 'cause Christ wasn't a woman.  Where did your Christ come from?  From God and a woman.  Man had nothing to do with it.

--Sojourner Truth

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