From the book Christmas Poems, written by Orthodox Christian Bishop Paul of Tracheia, now retired and a monastic, living in Europe:
Stillness, silence in the night
As appeared eternal light,
When the blessed Virgin gave
Birth, inside that lowly cave
To the Son of God most high;
Joseph and the beasts were nigh,
The first to see the God of love
Descending from His throne above.
Stillness, silence, in my heart
As is practiced now the art
Which is prayer, and we repeat
The name of Jesus, pure and sweet.
As then from Heaven to earth He came
We pray Him now to do the same;
May He come, His presence fill
Our intellect—that all be still.
Stillness, silence in my life
Far away from worldly strife
I seek but one thing—that God knows
To love all people, friends and foes,
To be His servant, everywhere
Doing all I can to share
The grace and blessings that He gives,
The love He pours on all that lives.
Silence, stillness, I would be
Of those who have the eyes to see
Themselves, and then to recognize
With bitter tears and many sighs
That I’m a sinner very far
From being what His children are.
But I’ll continue every day
With humble heart to rise and pray.
Silence, stillness, now comes death,
When no longer I have breath
My soul is freed! Away it flies,
Hoping then for Paradise.
I repent of all my sin
No! Despair will never win,
For I know; my God is love,
On His throne in Heaven above.
Christmas Poems is a unique collection of grace filled poetry with underpinnings of Orthodox life and theology. Bishop Paul’s poetry can be just the right gift for someone who loves Christ and appreciates the historic Christian Faith. Christmas Poems is available through the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Bookstore, http://store.holycrossbookstore.com/. It can also be found on Amazon.com.