Christmas Carol paradoxes 2 – Cantique de Noël

My goodness, Christmas carols are loaded with contrasts and paradoxes. And so am I. Good and bad. Deserved and undeserved. Earned and unearned. Beautiful and ugly.

“Fall on your knees…
O night when Christ was born.”

Fall on your knees, as you would to revere a king? Or in exhaustion, like a “weary world rejoicing”? As “the world in sin and error pining”? The same Carol continues:

“The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger,…”

The King? Rich, powerful, feared? Or lowly? Both? Lowliness is royal? Powerful?

“In all our trials born to be our friend;
He knows our need, To our weakness no stranger!
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!”

Our friend? No stranger to weakness? Seems unlikely for a god-man…


Share your favorite carol lyrics and the paradoxical mysteries they raise inside you, below, please!

Published by Neil Durso

Just another mid-lifer sharing the journey...

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