Merry Christmas

Love came down at Christmas;
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Stars and angels gave the sign.

Christina Rossetti, Love came down at Christmas

4th cent sarcaphogus

4th century C.E. sarcophagus – earliest known image of the nativity (Milan)

St. Hilary’s Hymn (Jesus Refulsit Omnium)

One of the earliest known carols by St. Hilary of Poitiers (d. 368 C.E.).

Jesus refulsit omnium
Pius redemptor gentium
Totum genus fidelium
Laudes celebret dramatum

Quem stella natum fulgida
Monstrat micans per authera
Magosque duxit praevia
Ipsius ad cunabula

Illi cadentes parvulum
Pannis adorant obsitum
Verum fatentur ut Deum
Munus ferendo mysticum.

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