The Sound of silence – A Christmas Meditation

Blessed Coptic Christmas dear friends, 

I hope and pray that you are enjoying the first few days of 2021.

My family and I are eagerly anticipating Christmas eve to celebrate the “reason for the season” as they say: the birth of Christ.

Ever wondered what it sounded like when our Savior was born?

Normally, a birth is a rather noisy event. What with the voices of the family members, the baby, the medical staff, the machines, and countless other sounds. But that was not the case for our Lord or for the Holy Virgin Saint Mary.

It was a rather quiet event. 

Quiet.

Silence.

Something Saint Mary was very familiar with! 

Until very recently, I had not given it much thought. Until I had the blessing of collaborating on a meditation for CYC, inspired by the work of Father Tadros Malaty and edited by my beloved friend, Ireini Ghobri. 

I hope you enjoy it and that we all benefit from the example set forth by our Holy Theotokos.

I quietly wish you a Blessed Christmas!

In Christ, 

Mireille

Verses

©mireille mishriky, author

A bird might be heard twittering
The sound of water gurgling in the fountain
The priest would be heard chanting
But few words were uttered in the temple
Silence would have been the constant companion of Saint Mary
The thumping of the dough
The kneading of the bread
The sound of oil streaming in a pot
The silent soundtrack of a life of service and prayer at Jospeh’s house 
Suddenly, the words of the Angel pierced the silence for a brief moment
The announcement that would change the world, change her life, save all our lives left her in silent contemplation, with the words etched in her heart but her lips were sealed. Silence remaining her faithful friend.
Not a word did she utter when she met Elizabeth
The silence was only shattered  by a baby leaping in another womb
Exalted among all women
Her heart silently praying for what was to come
And on that fateful night
Silence reigned once more
Without an orchestra, a Choir, or carols
Without the chatter, the sighs, the exclamations preceding a delivery 
Silence
Until the first cry of our Lord
And the declaration of the Hosts of Angels 
That our Saviour was born
Saint Mary welcomed her child and her King silently
Teaching us that words are unnecessary when the heart praises the Lord night and day
That Christmas in silent contemplation of our salvation is how the first Christmas was celebrated and how every Christmas should be celebrated
Silently
Calmly
Without fanfare
Without a lit tree and a hundred gifts
Because we received the best gift
2000 years ago

 

Visit CYC’s Youtube Channel here.

In Christ,

Mireille

 

Other articles you might enjoy:  Little Bird: Hymn

Additional Coptic resources on this topic: Holy Silence and the Secret Conversation with the Lord -Fr Tadros Malaty

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After graduating with a Major in Journalism, Mireille’s career path took an unexpected turn away from her beloved pen and paper. It took an equally unexpected turn of events for Mireille to start writing again.After spending many hours (too many!) watching super hero cartoons with her son, she realized that most Christian children are unaware of their superpowers!She set about creating the SuperHolies: the Fruits of the Holy Spirit re-imagined as superpowers to grab the children’s attention and teach them about their faith and its glory.

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