Praying Evening Prayer from the Church of England website during Christmastide. This around the Magnificat:
When peaceful silence lay over all,
and night was in the midst of her swift course:
from your royal throne, O God, down from the heavens,
leapt your almighty Word.
It's from the book of Wisdom in the Apocrypha. Lovely imagery. Jude pointed out that the leap must have happened at Jesus' conception. We wondered what it must have then been like in heaven around that royal throne after the leap. We were reminded of Robin Mark's song, The Wonder of Your Cross:
Were heaven's praises silent in those hours of darkness?
Your Holy Spirit brooding round that empty throne?
Mark, of course, is writing about the time between the crucifixion and the resurrection. But was the Holy Spirit actually brooding around that empty throne for thirty-three years? All the way from conception to resurrection?
Mark again (Robin, not the other):
Until the declaration "He is Risen", You are risen, Jesus,
"He is not dead, behold He lives for evermore".