Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 12


And the Word became flesh


Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  (John 14:27)


“Bombs have kill-radiuses; churches should have love-radiuses–anyone within twenty miles of a church should know it.”  (Tyler Edwards)


Here, without much lead-in, is a pleasant recording by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir — accompanied by a video depicting events from the life of Christ — of Mack Wilberg’s sweetly beautiful arrangement of the carol “What shall we give him.”   Really.  Listen to this:


What shall we give to the babe in the manger,
What shall we offer the child in the stall?
Incense and spices and gold we’ve a-plenty-
Are these the gifts for the king of us all?

What shall we give to the boy in the temple,
What shall we offer the man by the sea?
Palms at his feet and hosannas uprising;
Are these for him who will carry the tree?

What shall we give to the lamb who was offered,
Rising the third day and shedding his love?
Tears for his mercy we’ll weep at the manger,
Bathing the infant come down from above.



  • Ray Agostini

    Unfortunately, Christmas has lost all meaning for me. In spite of its so-called “pagan origins”, it was a profound yearly experience. For Catholics like me, attending “midnight mass”. It was a time when Christ really was in Christmas. We all knew that beyond the Christmas tree and the decorations, the trumpet-blowing-angel on top of the tree represented the announcement of birth of the Saviour.

    I’m sorry to say that it’s now all gone down the drain, with commercialisation and profit at the forefront. If Jesus were here today, he’d probably overturn their tables, and ask why they were blaspheming God, and turning his temple into a den of (commercial) profiteering thieves.

    I am glad I was born in an age that still respected and reverenced the true meaning of Christmas, and the very fond childhood memories it has left me. Today, so many children have no concept of the connection between Christ and Christmas. None whatsoever. The original meaning of Christmas was “Christ’s Mass”, even though, according to Wiki, “the exact month and day of his birth are unknown”. Mormons believe it was April 6th, but in the spirit of Christmas, they’ve sustained a treasured tradition worth carrying on:

    “22 Wherefore, these things shall go from generation to generation as long as the earth shall stand; and they shall go according to the will and pleasure
    of God; and the nations who shall possess them shall be judged of them according to the words which are written.

    23 For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God; for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do.

    24 And, notwithstanding we believe in Christ, we keep the law of Moses, and look forward with steadfastness unto Christ, until the law shall be fulfilled.

    25 For, for this end was the law given; wherefore the law hath become dead unto us, and we are made alive in Christ because of our faith; yet we keep the law because of the commandments.

    26 And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25)

  • Darren

    Is the head picture a painting or a picture of an actual life-like display?