Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Christmas in January

I recently (accidentally) discovered Portland's local Catholic Radio station. Today I flipped over to 88.3 and was surprised to hear Joy to the World and Silent Night which was then followed by many more Christmas songs. But this does not even compare to the astonishment that followed.

Even more surprising then hearing Christmas music after the Christmas bustle has passed was that my psyche was at peace with Christmas songs that often seem to bring agitation in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. Even more then peace was a joyous overflow of worship and praise.

How great it is to sing in celebration of Jesus birth after the day of presents, stockings, and fruitcake has passed!

This epiphany, it is January 6th after all (liturgical folk will find irony in this statement. If you are confused, refer to wikipedia), sparked further reflection on how much I have come to appreciate the depth and substance of Catholic Radio (despite being heavy on Mary) over the shallow, often me centered, attractively packaged and easily consumable nature of the evangelicals counterparts. I have also found the regular prayers and liturgical Scripture readings to be bolstering to my soul and meaty substance for meditation and reflection.

The first time I stumbled across 88.3 I was struck by the piercing lyrics of The Chaplet of Divine Mercy. You can hear a preview of it on Donna Cori Gibsons website. It is track 3 - The Sung Chaplet.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is opened with the Apostles Creed and continues from there:

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

O Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion --- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

1 comment:

ET said...

Beautiful lyrics! I can see why you like the song so much. Were you able to find it to download?

By the way, tomorrow is the Orthodox Christmas in Russia, so Merry Christmas! :)