The Night Before Christmas
by Sister St. Thomas, B.N.D. de N
A more spiritual version of the famous Christmas story.
T'was the night before Christmas, and all
through the town,
St. Joseph was searching, walking up roads and down;
Our Lady was waiting, so meek and so
While Joseph was seeking a place for the Child.
The children were nestled, each snug in
The grown-ups wouldn't bother, "There's no room," they said;
When even the inkeeper sent them away,
Joseph was wondering, where they would stay?
He thought of the caves in the side of the
"Let's go there," said Mary, "it's silent and still."
The moon on the breast of the new fallen
Made pathways of light for their tired feet to go;
And there in a cave, in a cradle of
Our Saviour was born on that first Christmas Day!
The Father was watching in heaven
He sent for His angels, His couriers of love.
More rapid than eagles God's bright angels
Rejoicing and eager as each heard his name;
"Come Power, Come Cherubs, Come Virtues,
Come Thrones and Dominions, come Michael and Gabriel;
Now fly to the Earth, where My poor people
Announce the glad tiding My Son comes to give."
The Shepherds were watching their flocks on
And saw in the heavens an unearthly light.
The Angels assured them, they'd nothing to
It's Christmas they said, the Saviour is here!
They hastened to find Him, and stood at the
Till Mary invited them in to adore.
He was swaddled in bands from His head to
Ne'er did the Shepherds see a baby so sweet!
He spoke not a word, but the shepherds all
He was telling them secrets and blessing them too;
Then softly they left Him, The Babe in the
And rejoiced with great joy on that first Christmas Day.
Mary heard them exclaim as they walked up
"Glory to God in the Highest, Peace to men of good will!"
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