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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Blake on the Epiphany

First of all, I did say I had finished with this blog, but I find that I need a companion blog to the on-going project on the Septies In Die website that I am trying (slowly) to put together. I will probably continue to put titbits on here, and occasionally let off steam.

A Tasty Morsel from the Epiphany Office

Gregory the Great's Gospel Homily for the Epiphany (Lesson VII of Epiphany Matins):
"When the Redeemer was born, why was it that, to the shepherds of Judaea, an Angel was sent to bring the tidings thereof [of the birth of the King of Heaven], whereas it was a star that led the Wise Men of the East to worship him? It would seem that the Jews, who had been hitherto under the governance of reason [the divine reason of the Law], received a revelation from a reasonable being, that is, an Angel; but that the Gentiles, who knew not the right use of reason, were brought to the Lord, not by a voice, but by a sign, that is, by a star."

Compares and contrasts delightfully with blessed William Blake's Auguries of Innocence:
God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.

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