shepherds

POETRY: Shepherd’s Song At Christmas by Langston Hughes

December 30, 2018

Look there at the star! I, among the least, Will arise and take A journey to the East. But what shall I bring As a present for the King? What shall I bring to the Manger? I will bring a song, A song that I will sing, A song for the King In the Manger. Watch out for my flocks, Do not let them stray. I am going on a journey Far, far away. But what shall I bring As a present for the Child? What shall I bring to the Manger? I will bring a lamb, Gentle, meek, and mild, A lamb for the Child In the Manger. I’m just a shepherd boy, Very poor I am— But I know there is A King in Bethlehem. What shall I bring As a present for Him? What shall I bring to the Manger? I will bring my heart And give my heart to Him. I will bring my heart To the [...]

CHRISTMAS REFLECTION: Why Do We Dally? by Charles Henry Brent

December 30, 2018

From Christmas Haste, a sermon  They came with haste, and found both Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in the manger. (Luke 2:16) The shepherd lads animate the Christmas story with their racing feet, as a generation later two running disciples the Easter narrative, illustrating the demeanor of every earnest character in the presence of a new phase of truth.  Vehement desire binds wings to the feet.  Need rouses desire; responsibility challenges capacity.  Few of us have heard our desire sing its full song; few have plumbed the true depth of our own capacity. So they made haste – those shepherd folk – because the parched lips of high desire were within reach of cooling streams, because the restless wings of human searching were [...]

CHRISTMAS WITH EVELYN UNDERHILL: Shepherds And Magi

January 2, 2017

From Light of Christ The Christmas Mystery has two parts: the Nativity and the Epiphany.  A deep instinct made the church separate these two feasts.  In the first, we commemorate God’s humble entrance into human life, the emergence and birth of the Holy, and in the second its manifestation to the world, the revelation of the supernatural made in that life.  And the two phases concern our inner lives very closely, too.  The first only happens in order that the second may happen; and the second cannot happen without the first.  Christ is a light to lighten the Gentiles as well as the glory of his people, Israel.  Think of what the Gentile was when these words were written – an absolute outsider.  All cozy religious [...]

STATIONS OF THE NATIVITY: Shepherds At The Manger by Raymond Chapman

December 23, 2016

From Stations of the Nativity: Meditations on the Incarnation of Christ Before the Stations Almighty God, whose blessed Son took our human nature so that we might regain our lost innocence and be restored to the divine image that was disfigured by sin, grant that as we meditate on the mystery of his humanity we may share the glory of his divinity, who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. A hymn may be sung: the familiar Christmas hymns tell of the wonder of the Incarnation and the following is particularly suitable (click on hymn title to be directed to the YouTube video of its performance): The Shepherd’s Carol 8: Shepherds at the Manger V: We adore thee O Christ [...]

STATIONS OF THE NATIVITY: Shepherds And Angels by Raymond Chapman

December 20, 2016

From Stations of the Nativity: Meditations on the Incarnation of Christ Before the Stations Almighty God, whose blessed Son took our human nature so that we might regain our lost innocence and be restored to the divine image that was disfigured by sin, grant that as we meditate on the mystery of his humanity we may share the glory of his divinity, who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. A hymn may be sung: the familiar Christmas hymns tell of the wonder of the Incarnation and the following is particularly suitable (click on hymn title to be directed to the YouTube video of its performance): I Wonder As I Wander 7: Shepherds And Angels V: We adore thee O Christ and we [...]

POETRY: The Sheep Herd by Sister Mariella

January 4, 2016

I am a shepherd—I have hated The smell of damp sheep in the rain, The pain Of clouted shoes on weary feet, The silly barking of watchdogs in the night, The blinding light Of summer suns on hillsides without shade. Nor anything I did not wish was not From hoar-frost on the meadow grass To dizzy stars that blinked on stupidly and bright. Last night I went with other men who tended sheep Over to Bethlehem to see— We did not know just what we’d come to see Who’d followed up a cloud of singing wings. Until we came to where a young girl held A little baby on her lap and smiled. She made me think of flowers, White flowers on long stems and blue night skies. Nothing happened— But today I have been shaken with the joy Of seeing [...]

POETRY: The Vision Of The Shepherds by W. H. Auden

January 1, 2016

One THE FIRST SHEPHERD The winter night requires our constant attention, Watching that water and goodwill, Warmth and well-being, may still be there in the morning. THE SECOND SHEPHERD For behind the spontaneous joy of life There is always a mechanism to keep going, THE THIRD SHEPHERD And someone like us is always there. THE FIRST SHEPHERD We observe that those who assure us their education And money would do us such harm, How real we are just as we are, and how they envy us, For it is the centerless tree And the uncivilized robin who are the truly happy, Have done pretty well for themselves: THE SECOND SHEPHERD Nor can we help noticing how those who insist that We ought to stand up for our rights, And how important we are, keep insisting [...]

POETRY: Fellow Hymn by Sidney Godolphin

January 1, 2014

(Sidney Goldolphin died fighting in the Royalist army in the English Civil War.) Lord, when the wise men came from afar Led to thy cradle by a star, Then did the shepherds too rejoice Instructed by thy angel’s voice. Blessed were the wise men in their skill; And shepherds in their harmless will. Wise men in tracing nature’s laws Ascend unto the highest cause. Shepherds with humble fearfulness Walk safely though their light be less; Though wise men better know the way, It seems no honest heart can stray. There is no merit in the wise, But love, the shepherds’ sacrifice. Wise men always of knowledge past To the shepherds’ wonder come at last. To know can only wonder breed; And not to know is wonder’s seed. A [...]

POETRY: The Shepherds by Henry Vaughan

December 31, 2013

Sweet, harmless livers! (on whose holy leisure Waits innocence and pleasure,) Whose leaders to those pastures, and clear springs, Were Patriarchs, Saints, and Kings, How happened it that in the dead of night You only saw true light, While Palestine was fast asleep, and lay Without one thought of day? Was it because those first and blessed swains Were pilgrims on those plains When they received the promise, for which now ‘Twas there first shown to you? ‘Tis true, he loves that dust whereon they go That serve him here below, And therefore might for memory of those His love there first disclose; But wretched Salem once his love, must now No voice nor vision know, Her stately piles with all their height and pride Now languishèd [...]