St. Athanasius' Christmas Eve homily (4th century bishop of Alexandria, Egypt and author of The Incarnation of theWord of God) is replete with imagery expressing the unfathomable truth that God became man so that man could partake in the life of God. “God on earth and man in heaven”...a phrase Steve Clark [see The Real Meaning of Christmas] has often spoken, is the inspiration for the song Glory Cry the Angel Choirs. What no man could even have hoped for, dreamed of, or ever accomplished has been wondrously given to us. As the gift, so the cost. Christ emptied himself, so must we. The gift we could never gain, we will never lose...the cost: “only all, only love, priceless love all loves surpassing.” This song culminates with the scriptural titles for the Messiah sung in the O Antiphons during the last week of Advent. Watching for God is like stepping into a dark room. One sees dimly at first, but as one remains steadfast and peers into the darkness, one's eyes begin to see. So may it be for us this advent season. May we see him whose very presence draws the cry “glory”! from the angel choirs.
Lyrics to Glory Cry the Angel Choirs [and audio clip of song]
Conlin is a member of the Servants
of the Word, a missionary brotherhood of men living single for the
Lord. He lives in community in the inner city of Detroit, Michigan, USA,
and works as a licensed substance abuse counselor and chaplain with the
Capuchin Franciscan Ministries in Detroit.
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