Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Χριστὸς γεννᾶται δοξάσατε!
This is the Christmas Sermon from the 1949 classic movie The Bishop's Wife...With Gary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven -
Tonight, I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.
Once upon a midnight clear, there was a child's cry, a blazing star hung over a stable, and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.
But especially with gifts. You give me a book, I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry can do with a new pipe.
For we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all that is, except one.
And we have even forgotten to hang it up. The stocking for the child born in a manger. It’s his birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that.
Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then, let each put in his share, loving kindness, warm hearts, and a stretched-out hand of tolerance.
All the shinning gifts that make peace on earth.
A Blessed Christmas and Good New Year!