On this Mountain a Night of Silence

Good morning! First reading from mass is from the Prophet, Isaiah:

On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the Lord has spoken.

On that day it will be said: “Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he as saved us!” For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain.

And something to muse on, from St. Gregory Nazianzen (Source):

He was a man, but God. David’s offspring, but Adam’s Maker. A bearer of flesh, but, even so, beyond all body. From a Mother, but she is a Virgin. Comprehensible, but immeasurable. And a manger received him, while a star led the Magi, who so came bearing gifts, and fell on bended knee. As a man he entered the arena, but he prevailed, as indomitable, over the tempter in three bouts. Food was set before him, but he fed thousands, and changed the water into wine. He got baptized but he washed sins clean, but he was proclaimed by the Spirit, in a voice of thunder, to be the Son of the One Uncaused. As a man he took rest, and as God he put to rest the sea. His knees were wearied, but he bolstered the strength and knees of the lame. He prayed, but who was it who heard the petitions of the feeble? He was the sacrifice, but the high priest: making an offering, but himself God. He dedicated his blood to God, and cleansed the entire world. And a cross carried him up, while the bolts nailed fast sin.

But what’s it for me to say these things? He had company with the dead, but he rose from the dead, and the dead, the bygone, he raised up: there a mortal’s poverty, here the incorporeal’s wealth. Don’t you dishonor, then, his divinity on account of his human things, but for the divine’s sake, hold it renown the earthly form into which, thoughtful towards you, he formed himself, the incorruptible Son.

Welcome this Advent morning with a beautiful descant of anticipation -Night of Silence- sung over the traditional “Silent Night.” I’m sorry for the dreadful camera work; it was the only version I could find that was, musically, both correctly and well done. Just hit play and hang with the lyrics! :-)

Night of Silence/Silent Night
by Daniel Kantor

Cold are the people, Winter of life,
We tremble in shadows this cold endless night,
Frozen in the snow lie roses, sleeping,
Flowers that will echo the sunrise,
Fire of hope is our only warmth,
Weary, its flame will be dying soon.

Voice in the distance, call in the night,
On wind you enfold us you speak of the light,
Gentle on the ear you whisper softly,
Rumors of a dawn so embracing,
Breathless love awaits darkened souls,
Soon will we know of the morning.

Spirit among us, Shine like the star,
Your light that guides shepherds and kings from afar,
Shimmer in the sky so empty, lonely,
Rising in the warmth of your Son’s love,
Star unknowing of night and day,
Spirit we wait for your loving Son.

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • http://scarey11@aol.com Sharon Kohout

    The CD Sisters in Song: Christmas Spirit contains this beautiful piece.

  • Martin Whittaker

    “I’m sorry for the dreadful camera work”

    Apology accepted, but only after the nausea of my motion sickness subsided.

    [You weren't supposed to watch! -admin :-)]

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  • Alia

    Our Christmas choirs do this song every year as meditation after communion (at least the two adult choirs do – the children don’t do it). At Midnight Mass, we end the song with the first verse of Silent Night sung in the original German with just piano playing softly underneath.


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