EPIPHANY OF THE LORD
The Journey of the Magi – T.S. Eliot
“A cold coming we had of it,
Just the worst time of the year
For a journey, and such a long journey:
The ways deep and the weather sharp,
The very dead of winter.”
And the camels galled, sore-footed, refractory,
Lying down in the melting snow.
There were times we regretted
The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces,
And the silken girls bringing sherbet.
Then the camel men cursing and grumbling
And running away, and wanting their liquor and women,
And the night-fires going out, and the lack of shelters,
And the cities hostile and the towns unfriendly
And the villages dirty, and charging high prices:
A hard time we had of it.
At the end we preferred to travel all night,
Sleeping in snatches,
With the voices singing in our ears, saying
That this was all folly.
Then at dawn we came down to a temperate valley,
Wet, below the snow line, smelling of vegetation;
With a running stream and a water-mill beating the darkness,
And three trees on the low sky,
And an old white horse galloped away in the meadow.
Then we came to a tavern with vine-leaves over the lintel,
Six hands at an open door dicing for pieces of silver,
And feet kicking the empty wine-skins.
But there was no information, and so we continued
And arrived at evening, not a moment too soon
Finding the place; it was (you may say) satisfactory.
All this was a long time ago, I remember,
And I would do it again, but set down
This set down
This: were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly,
We had evidence and no doubt.
I have seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
- TODAY IS ADORATION SUNDAY 10am–1pm. ‘O come Let us adore Him, Christ the Lord’ in the Eucharist, giving thanks for the gift of the Saviour at Christmas, and life’s many blessings.
ANOINTING OF SICK MASSES
Next Mass Fri 5th Feb at Karinya.
* Nora Kingston, 24 Alfred St ph. Wed 4.30pm
* McLean’s, 5a Lindsay St., Wed 5.30pm
* Karinya chapel – Sundays 11am
* St Mary’s Church, Sat 8.45am+ 9am Mass
Remember in Prayer
Fr Warren Mossfield, Brian O’Neill, Fr Baltrame, Betty Griffin, Laurie Talbot, Mary Hodgkin, Ray Currie, Pat Seymour, Ursula Bartlett, Michelle Hogan, Len Sambell, Michael Scown, Joan Sandral, Imelda Gauci, Fr Rafe Beltrame.
MASS INTENTIONS 3rd Jan – 9th Jan
6.30pm (Ray Currie, Ursula Bartlett, Len Samball)
9.00am Mass (All Parishioners)
9am Mass (Norma Rhodes, Jacko Whyte)
9am M (Alan & Pauline Kerr; Leonie McPherson)
9am M (Bernice, Peter Gale; Bronte, Sam C.)
11.40am Nov. & M.(F. Culhane, Sue Knight)
9am M (Ede Dormer; Joan Sandral & family)
9am M (Kit Naughtin; Betty Griffin & family)
6.30pm (John Nolan; Ray Knight)
9am Mass – (For all parishioners)
LITURGY ROSTER for 9th – 10th Jan
6.30pm M Carter
9.00am M Skehan
6.30pm J McLean E Kingston
9.00am E Christy B Christy
6.30pm T Drum
9.00am K King M Tomlinson
Altar: M Doyle
6.30pm A Pilgrim
9.00am P Hanrahan
6.30pm Dylan Forge Hunter Albury
9.00am Lachlan McKenzie, Chesric Batang
Collection: Brian O’Shea
Counters: R Packer I Brooks