19 December 2007

Old Lutheran Quote of the Day

Let us with glad voices join in the angels' song, and render unto the Lord the thanks due unto His name for His marvelous benefits to us. Let us rejoice and shout for joy with the whole multitude of the heavenly host. For if the angels rejoiced so greatly on our account, how much more ought we to rejoice to whom this Child is born, to whom this Son is given. If the Israelites lifted up their voices in jubilant shouts when the Ark of the Covenant was brought back to them, which was a type and a shadow of the incarnation of our dear Lord, how much more ought we to rejoice, since our Lord Himself hath come down to us in the assumption of our human nature. - Johann Gerhard, *Sacred Meditations* XIV.

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