Augustine’s Christmas Poem

Augustine of Hippo was a North African bishop who became a very important church father. The 4th/5th century theologian influenced the formation of the church through works such as “City of God” and “Confessions”. He also wrote poetry, including one of my favorites,  Love Never Disappears – Love never disappears for death is a non-event. I have merely retired to the room next door…

He also wrote the poem, “Christmas”.

Sudle Christmas Figurine in Gloved Hands

My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,
of the Lord through whom
all things have been made
and who has been made in the midst of all things.
Who is the revealer of His Father,
the Creator of His mother.
Who is the Son of God,
through His Father without a mother.
The Son of Man through his Father,
without a mother.
He is great as the day,
of the angels
small in the day of men;
The Word God before all time,
The Word made flesh at a suitable time.
Maker of the sun,
He is made under the sun.
In the Father he remains.
From his mother he goes forth.
Creator of heaven and earth,
He was born on earth under heaven.
Unspeakably wise,
He is wisely speechless.
Filling the world,
He lies in a manger.
Ruler of the stars,
He nurses at his mother’s bosom.
He is both great in the nature of God,
and small in the form of a servant,
but so that His greatness
is not diminished by His smallness,
nor His smallness overwhelmed
by His greatness.
For He did not desert His divine works,
when He took to Himself human members.
Nor did He cease to reach
from end to end mightily,
and to order all things sweetly, when
having put on the infirmity of the flesh,
He was received into the virgin’s womb,
not confined therein.
Thus the food of wisdom
was not taken away from the angels,
and we were to taste,
how sweet is the Lord.