(Link here) which means Dean’s sister, Jessica, for these lovely pics of our beloved Herberts grandchildren.
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…the elevation, but retain it because…[it] signifies that Christ has commanded us to remember Him. For just as the sacrament is bodily elevated and yet Christ’s body and blood are not seen in it, so He is also remembered and elevated by the word of the sermon and is confessed and adored in the reception of the sacrament. In each case He is apprehended only by faith; for we cannot see how Christ gives His body and blood for us and even now daily shows and offers it before God to obtain grace for us.—Martin Luther, The German Mass (AE 53:82).
24 December 2021
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window's hue,
A Baby in an ox's stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?
And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine.
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God did this so that whenever the Devil saw the matters of piety not diminishing, despite the shepherds’ removal, nor the word of the message being extinguished, but rather growing, he might learn through experience—both he himself and those who serve him in these matters—that our affairs are not human, but that the basis of our teaching has its root above in heaven, and it is God who guides the Churches in every respect, and that it isn’t possible for the individual who fights God to ever overcome Him.—St. John Chrysostom, On the Holy Martyr Ignatius, par. 12.