his feet moving to the long-ago memory of womb kicks

“The Man Who Was a Lamp” by John Shea: Legend says, the cave of Christmas where the child of light burns in the darkness is hidden in the center of the earth. Access is not easy. You cannot just amble to a mantle, note the craft of the crib child, and return to the partyContinue reading “his feet moving to the long-ago memory of womb kicks”

we have found joy in secret

Bethlehem has opened Eden: come, and let us see. We have found joy in secret: come, and let us take possession of the paradise that is within the Cave. There the unwatered Root has appeared, from which forgiveness flowers forth: there is found the undug Well, whence David longed to drink of old. There theContinue reading “we have found joy in secret”

doth seek now with tears thy help to worship

So much to ponder in these ancient hymns of the Orthodox Church. I’m particularly struck by the repeated consideration given near the end of this hymn to the danger and difficulty of responding aloud to God’s revelation of Himself with “well-balanced songs of praise.” (Purchase an MP3 recording of this here, and see more ancientContinue reading “doth seek now with tears thy help to worship”