Monday, December 26, 2016

From the Measure of This Bright Day

'All days from the measure of this bright day gain blessings.
All the feasts from the stores of this feast have their fairness and their ornaments...
Great is this day above all days, for in it came forth mercy to sinners.
A medicine chest is this great day, 
because on it shone forth the Medicine of Life to the wounded.
A treasure of helpful graces is this day, because on it, 
Light gleamed forth on our blindness.

St. Ephraem the Syrian 

Painting: Edward Burne-Jones, Star of Bethlehem (detail)

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