On Mary's lap is sleeping?
Whom Angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?"
Why does this baby on Mother Mary’s lap win the attention of billions of people every December? Why angels? Why shepherds? What child is this?
"Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear,
There is something about the Christmas Child that will not go away, that cannot be avoided, that is inescapably part of Canadian culture.What Child is this anyways?
William Chatterton Dix’s Carol had this response:
"This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and Angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary."
Come peasant, king to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him."
This Christmas, may loving hearts enthrone the Christmas Child. May loving hearts welcome this Child into their homes, their lives, their souls.
The Reverend Ed Hird+