The Dawn … ( Canticle of Zachariah 6/6 )

” In the tender compassion of our God, the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in the shadow of death, and guide our feet unto the way of peace .”


In this last stanza  Zachariah uses the imagery of sunrise at the dawn of a new day to speak of what is coming.  The fist line speaks of God’s compassion for mankind.  God loves us !  We lost something when we stopped teaching our children their purpose in life.  The old Baltimore Catechism taught children that their purpose in life was to Know God, to love God, to service God, and to be with Him in heaven.    God created us and loves us , and wants us to have a life with him .  God entered the world because of love for us , to know us, and because of His compassion for us.


Jesus was and is the Dawn that breaks upon us.  Once Mary had come to visit Elizabeth Zachariah knew , the dawn, Jesus, had come.  He had come to free mankind and life would change forever.  There was a renewal of hope in the world.  THe same way that Jesus enters in all the churches all over the world in Holy Mass, so too does He become the breaking dawn when He enlightens our minds at the hearing of the Word. , The Eucharist, and in the conversion of souls to this very day.  He is the dawn that breaks when we serve our brothers and sisters, when we love one another.  He shines on us when two or more are gathered in His name, at home, at work, at church, and in our daily lives all over.  In the course of time when we get busy with our hands doing the work of ministry, the service of God to others, there are also comes the dawn when we realize the blessing we have also received in the service to others.  

This also speaks of those who dwell in darkness , in sin, or in times of a loss of hope.  It speaks of those who dwell in the shadow of death, for those who are not only sick, or infirmed, but for those who also have fallen asleep in Christ and who will share in the glory of the resurrection morning !


Conclusion : 

 I hope and pray that you have enjoyed this series of reflections on this canticle.  This beautiful prayer that the entire church prays daily is inspirational. and like others can be a tool for further study.  I have enjoyed writing them, I also hope that for those who pray the office daily, that these reflections will give some deeper meaning and expression in your prayers.     Stay with me as I will be bringing you additional canticle reflections before returning to my normal mode of reflections.   Ad Majoram Gloria Dei  !



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2 Responses to “The Dawn … ( Canticle of Zachariah 6/6 )”

  1. SaintlySages Says:

    Mark, Thank you for offering these thoughtful and insightful reflections, which added a meaningful dimension to my morning prayers and inspired in me a renewed appreciation of the Canticle. I look forward to reading more of your fine work in the future. Have a great weekend. Pax et Bonum!

    • brbearsfo Says:

      Thank you brother, for reading through my posts and your feedback. I greatly appreciate your support and kindness !

      Pax et Bonum !

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