A joy and relief at long last to adore,
to have discovered at last the goal of all our longing.
to bow down and worship One whose innocence
is full of promise and peace,
the Child whose presence is all we desire.
Let us give Him gladly all that we are,
all that we treasure, even all that we dread.
Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Adoration of the Magi, etching, (from Scherzi di Fantasia), 1740. Meditation begins with words of Abbot Damian at this morning's Eucharist.