Toronto, ON M2M 2E8, © Copyright var now = new Date(); document.write(+ now.getFullYear()); . Tyrants, despotic leaders, and dictators of any sort carry a lot of fear in their desperation to hold onto power. The Slaughter of the Innocents from Bible Archaeology.org. Lullaby - Lay Your Sleeping head, my love, Lay Your Sleeping head, my love, ... , Dwindling below me on the plane, The roofs of one more audience I shall not see again. All held, for a time, in an infant’s body, and all waiting to be exercised in love on our behalf. In an article called Songs to Soothe, by Hannah Reyes, I learned that there is research being done on lullabies throughout the world. It was also recorded that the Emperor Augustus said of Herod that it would be better to be Herod’s pig than his son, a play on the Greek words which are similar. We share a citizenship with those from every nation who call upon the name of Jesus. Nadia Bolz-Weber, Reflection for Epiphany 2021. It was sung by the Queen of Years along with the Chorister at the Festival of Offerings, where all the species from the local system would gather, and … Soft and warm is your bed, Further in the article I read that, “Laura Cirelli, Professor of developmental psychology at UofT, studies the science of maternal song. Christ the Savior was born. Lullaby of the Sleeping World See, the earth is sleeping now; Quietly God bids it lie Under bright or snow-filled sky Lullaby, and good night, With pink roses bedight, With lilies o'erspread, Is my baby's sweet head. Nadia Bolz-Weber in a reflection she wrote for the Epiphany, said: “Fear disguises itself in so many ways: as greed, hate, isolation, addiction…the list is endless. It was one thing to know that the Messiah was coming, and to even know that he would be born like any other man, but oh, to see the Son of God small enough to be laid in a manger. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. For sure, it inspires pictures of baby Jesus sleeping soundly the evening he was born. This was an ordinary Monday night or Tuesday night or Saturday night, like the one you had last night. Silent Night — Shane Barnard and Shane Everett, Marshall Segal is a writer and managing editor at desiringGod.org. To us, this carol is melancholic and haunting. But in the end fear is at the root of all of it. Ironically, Herod died on the Feast of Purim, which is a festival of great rejoicing for the Jews. Herod killed several of his sons, his favourite wife, his brother-in-law who was the High Priest, among others.       Visit Us So child of God, sleep in heavenly peace. ... John Egbert doesn’t sleep so much nowadays. I've heard that God is trying to talk to us or trying to get us to talk to him if we can't sleep in the deep of the night. In the end, “Silent Night” is a lullaby about peace. The lullaby reminds me of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, because all six of the verses talk about sheep. All the dogs are haunted And the snow melts on the grass You were what I wanted But the fever could not last Some of the most common health problems are: 1. God created us to need rest. Because infanticide practiced as birth control was common in both Greek and Roman cultures, the relatively small number of infant deaths meant that this incident would likely neither have come to the attention of secular authors nor even be deemed important enough to record especially considering the magnitude of Herod’s other atrocities. Tyrants don’t like being laughed at, but people who are free can laugh at them, for love is stronger than death. His shoulders were small and undeveloped, and his frame was fragile, but he had come to carry a weight unlike any other. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. He is author of three books, Not by Sight, Things Not Seen, ... Lulled by an Evil Lullaby. Lay you down now, and rest, May thy slumber be blessed! The Coventry Pageants were performed in midsummer at the time of Corpus Christi. If we truly live these promises, then our lullaby will have some teeth and will lead to transformative action. Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being. She thought of Herod as being a failed Frank N. Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, but her students characterized Herod “as a sort of medieval Donald Trump.”. We’re on a mission to change that. No, “silent night” means a night like any other. The Carol is set as a lullaby sung by the women whose baby boys will be soon be murdered by order of King Herod to protect his throne. Our Mother House, St. John’s Convent, continues to be in Toronto. He would bear the sins of the world, and establish his kingdom in every corner of the globe. The time just before we go to sleep is a great time for focusing our hearts and our attention on God. The gospel according to Matthew is the most Jewish of the gospels.       About Us This poem is in the public domain. It was hot and the huge crowds who gathered and the players would be hot and thirsty and consumed quantities of beer to assuage their thirst. Lully lullay, Christ in my heart my eyes this day to see you in all people on earth that fear no more hold sway.3. According to Daisy Black, a medievalist at the University of Wolverhampton in the midlands of England, “Herod in the Coventry play is clearly a ‘star’ villain character.” Think melodrama. O sisters too, how may we do For to preserve this day This poor youngling for whom we sing, “Bye bye, lully, lullay”?2. Lully, lullay, Love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.1. Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny child, Bye bye, lully, lullay.1. Our love manifested in our distress at the harm meted out to innocents, must lead to transformative action. Both Moses and Jesus are saved from death while other innocents die. These parallels that Matthew draws are meant to link Jesus with Moses but attest to something even greater found in Jesus who is not just saviour of Israel, but saviour of the world. Published in Poem-a-Day on November 15, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets. Matthew equates Moses as saviour of Israel with Jesus as saviour of the world. She went on to say that “Much of the pageant is all about his boasting about his own supremacy, threatening the audience, and showing off his ‘gorgeous array’ [of clothing], which became known for being so over-the-top that Shakespeare had Hamlet warn his own actors not to out-Herod Herod.”  She went on to describe a workshop she gave for her students on the Coventry Pageants. She found that when mothers sang lullabies, stress levels dropped not just for the baby but for the mothers as well.”  It makes the Coventry Carol even more poignant to me depicting the mothers trying to soothe themselves as well as their babies. We can begin by giving thanks to Him, and perhaps ask Him for forgiveness for where we have failed Him, others, and ourselves. "Yes, Jesus lives in my heart, and God!" read more You Will Find – 1252 We sing a lullaby to put a child to sleep so that we can have a little peace and possibly some sleep too! WeÂ'll all sleep well tonight With no worry about tomorrow EverythingÂ's all right Safe in our panic room WeÂ're building a wall Higher and higher Come, join the gospel crusade DonÂ't you know God loves Good little helpers CanÂ't wait to show Him what weÂ've made Moses in the basket is pulled from the reeds along the Nile by the daughter of the Pharaoh who is having all the young baby Hebrew boys killed. That was the promise God’s people received from Isaiah, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Prince of Peace In the end, “Silent Night” is a lullaby about peace. That woe is me, poor Christ, in me who live without much cost when others suffer and live life not — help me pick up my cross. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Lullaby for Cain Lyrics: From the silence, from the night / Comes a distant lullaby / Cry--remember that first cry / Your brother standing by / And lot of loved-- beloved sons of mine / Sing a lullaby That’s where lullabies come back into this. For sure, it inspires pictures of baby Jesus sleeping soundly the evening he was born. Further in the article I read that, “Laura Cirelli, Professor of developmental psychology at UofT, studies the science of maternal song. Josephus, from whom we know so much of what happened around the time of Jesus, recorded other murders and atrocities of Herod who constantly felt the need to secure his throne. It keeps us isolated and small and it steals away joy and possibility.”  Jesus came that we might live abundantly, lives full of love, not fear. Lullaby, and good night, You're your mother's delight, Shining angels beside My darling abide. W. H. Auden. Hush, Little One: A Lullaby for God's Children (9780758608611) by Anita Reith Stohs R:  Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child, Bye bye, lully, lullay. Close Your Eyes is a lullaby for Jesus that includes sign language and is perfect song to sing for a preschool Christmas program. –Isaiah 9:6–7. For sure, it inspires pictures of baby Jesus sleeping soundly the evening he was born. The Baptism of Jesus and the Voice of God. By the time of its ending, it had been going on for millions of years, Chorister handing it to Chorister, from generation after generation.       Join Us Christian citizenship expands far beyond the country on our passport. William Shakespeare may well have seen this play and heard this carol. A good sleep helps to refresh his body and mind. The other night our 3 year old was having a time going to sleep - I put the music on, helped her to bed, said a short prayer with her and she was asleep before the end of the 2nd song smile :) The next morning she said: "I didn't have any bad dreams daddy" That's because Jesus was with you. Hannah writes that, “In cultures around the world, the lullabies that coax children to sleep are windows into parents hopes, fears, and dreams for the future.” Think of the lullabies your parents or older siblings sang to you, or the ones you’ve sung to soothe an infant or child. There are still many innocents who suffer because of such leaders: think of the one child rule that was prevalent in China for many years and how many young girls were killed or aborted; think of the children who were snatched out of their parents’ arms at the wall between Mexico and the US; think of the indigenous children who were forcibly taken from their family, their language, their culture and placed into residential schools; think of white fragility keeping black and brown children down to continue the privilege accrued as people of the dominant culture and the need for the Black Lives Matter movement. Listen to Annie Lennox sing The Coventry Carol. 3. Proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ. How could the Sovereign be seen so simple and helpless? Lullabies are sung to help soothe infants and children and they feature the hopes, fears and dreams for the future of the parents who sing them. It was an ordinary family in an ordinary town tucked away in a very ordinary stable. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. But as the song progresses, it’s increasingly about the peace he brings, not the quiet he might have enjoyed that night. Common Health Problems Due To Lack Of Sleep: Sleep deprivation in babies triggers numerous serious health issues. But as the song progresses, it’s increasingly about the peace he brings, not the quiet he might have enjoyed that night. ... God of the meridian, And of the east and west, To thee my soul is flown, And my body is earthward pressed. one hundred popular worship songs and hymns. He wanted the whole of the territory he ruled to be in mourning. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. It’s time to start fasting and praying and pleading with God and one another to wake up. We were founded in Toronto in 1884. Make it part of your child's bedtime ritual, reminding him or her that Jesus is with us day and night. The flight into Egypt, only recorded in Matthew’s gospel, puts Jesus in Egypt for a time so that he too, like Moses, is called out of Egypt to the Promised Land. In the text of the pageant, the soldiers try to steal the babies from the mothers’ arms, but the mothers fight back and give the soldiers a good beating all the while they are singing the Coventry Carol. Singing lullaby songs for babies induces sleep and helps them follow a fixed sleep pattern . His life — from its very first breaths — was marked with an unprecedented wisdom, power, majesty, and glory. We sing a lullaby to put a child to sleep so that we can have a little peace and possibly some sleep too! From the moment that baby opened his eyes on little Bethlehem, his name was “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). 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