Spiritual Reflections of Fr John Brian

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Friday, December 25, 2009

How Much Does God Weigh - Christmas 2009


How Much Does God Weigh?

This is a short Christmas 2009 sermon by Fr John Brian.

This sermon examines the wonder and paradox of the incarnation by first examining a few festival prayers said for Christmas in the Syrian-Malankara Ma'de'dono; and asking how much does God weigh and why?

Opening prayer by the priest:
Make us worthy, O lord God,
to hallow You with the holy seraphim without investigation;
to bless You with the blessed cherubim without hesitation;
to glorify You with the exalted powers without hindrance;
to adore You with the heavenly hosts without any blame;
to exalt You with the innocent shepherds unceasingly;
to worship You with the discerning wise men steadfastly;
and to rejoice in You, with Mary who bore You; eternally;
now and always...

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From the Supplication of Saint James:
Come, O wise man and see the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and marvel at Him for the whole creation is suspended at His gesture.
Consider Him lying in the manger with His human body, whereas He rules the heights and depths with His Father.
As the Virgin was giving Him milk like an infant, He was sending rain and dew to irrigate the crops of the land.
If you have a rational soul that is filled with faith, let you mind take wings to see Him in heaven as well as on earth.
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This sermon given on Thursday night, December 24, 2009 by Fr John Brian Paprock at Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Mission Chapel, Madison, Wisconsin.

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