the Magi worship

Stichera from the Vespers of the Nativity (Translated by Fr. Seraphim Dedes): What shall we offer you, O Christ, because You have appeared on earth as a man for our sakes? For each of the creatures made by You offers You its thanks: the Angels, their hymn; the heavens, the Star; the Shepherds, their wonder;Continue reading “the Magi worship”

taught by a Star

This sampling of ancient Christian hymns connected to Mary and the Nativity (and taken from Orthodox service books) represent a remarkable range of theological insights: From the most common megalynarion (used in the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom): It is truly meet to bless thee, O Theotokos, ever blessed and most blameless and theContinue reading “taught by a Star”

coming beneath the light of that star

This first item is an unpublished prayer by Christine Perrin, responding to “Journey of the Magi” by T.S. Eliot (for a 9th grade history class event in 2012). Eliot’s poem is below. Epiphany Lord, you know we are walking this road toward your star; we left, or tried to leave, our palaces, our sherbets; leavingContinue reading “coming beneath the light of that star”

our hearts burst open in the heat

The Magi We kick our camels’ sides and curse, but they refuse to rise, as if this house were the only oasis in a trackless desert, and this child, playing in the doorway, the owner of the well. They swing their ponderous heads slowly from side to side. Their silver harness bells tinkle, their vermillionContinue reading “our hearts burst open in the heat”

airy abeles set on a flare

The magi would have understood this imperative to look at the stars. Abeles (or white poplars) are a Eurasian salicaceous tree (Populus alba) having palmately (“like a palm with fingers extended”) lobed leaves covered on the underside with dense silvery-white hairs. Flares are “a fire or blaze of light used especially to signal, illuminate, orContinue reading “airy abeles set on a flare”