I like music. A lot. All kinds of music, actually but I love Christmas music. To me, the best are those slow, melodic, almost haunting songs that speak of that night, so long ago, when a very young girl gave birth, a girl almost completely alone except for two - her earthly husband and her Heavenly Father. And then there were three. Her own Messiah, wrapped in swaddling clothes and laying in a feed box. I can almost feel the coldness of the night, see the brilliance of the stars and hear Mary whisper to her newborn Son.
Today, from the SPU program, I chose the song "Bogoroditse Djevo". The music was Rachmaninoff (Sergei Rachmaninoff - 1873-1943) and the text is from "The All-Night Vigil" and when I heard it, it was sung in Church Slavonic which touches your ears with pure reverence.
It was beautiful.
The text reads:
Rejoice, O virgin mother of God,
Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are you among women,
And blessed is the fruit of your womb,
For you have borne the Savior of our souls.
Can't you just hear the words of Elizabeth mixed with the cries of the shepherds, the wise men and all those who knew who Jesus was when they saw Him?...