God Rest Ye

This Christmas, take a break.  A real break.  Not because you deserve it or even need it.  It was earned for you by Christ, our Savior, who was born on Christmas day.

God rest ye merry, gentle-people
Let nothing you dismay
Remember, Christ, our Saviour
Was born on Christmas day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray

You may have already told the story of Christmas day, reminding others of the reason for the season.  Tell it, yet again.  Go, tell it on the mountain, over the hill and everywhere.

In Bethlehem, in Israel,
This blessed Babe was born
And laid within a manger
Upon this blessed morn
The which His Mother Mary
Did nothing take in scorn

It is a cynical world out there in need of a sincere story of salvation.  Do not under-sell the birth of our Lord.  Do not make it smarmy or less. Listen (Hark!) those herald angels still sing of “Glory to the newborn King!

Now to the Lord sing praises,
All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood
Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas
All other doth deface.

We here at Project YM offer our prayers and best wishes for a Merry Christmas to you and yours as we pass along these

tidings of comfort and joy

It is because of the faith you and I shared.  It is because of our relationship with the Lord. It is because of so very much more than all that. These holy days should be filled with nothing less than

Comfort and joy.

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.) Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent two kids and two granddawgs (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves in two neighboring parishes in Maryland: One as a director of faith formation and the other as a coordinator for youth and young adult ministry. He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch. He posts weekly at ProjectYM.

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  1. Dedicated server

    Carol of the Bells” using as an introduction only the first line of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” which then is restated later in the piece. Merry Gentlemen”, in ironic reference to Siegfried’s urging his colleagues to sing the song correctly, with a pause between “merry” and “gentlemen”.


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