SEA OF ROSARIES: BLACK MADONNA OF REGLA (ODE OF THE THEOTOKOS)

“Carol” (Thomas Merton) Flocks feed by darkness with a noise of whispers,In the dry grass of pastures,And lull the solemn night with their weak bells. The little towns upon the rocky hillsLook down as meek as children:Because they have seen come this holy time. God’s glory, now, is kindled gentler than low candlelightUnder the rafters of a barn:Eternal Peace is sleeping in the hay,And Wisdom’s born in secret in a straw-roofed stable. And O! Make holy music in the stars, you happy angels.You shepherds, gather on the hill.Look up, you timid flocks, where the three kingsAre coming through the wintry … Continue reading SEA OF ROSARIES: BLACK MADONNA OF REGLA (ODE OF THE THEOTOKOS)