The story of God’s coming among us as one like ourselves is a story that gains power as it is retold. Like a blossoming flower or growing vine, the mystery of Christ’s birth slowly unfolds within each generation. As we each hear it, we are challenged to make it our own, so that we, too, can make it known. As Christians, we have a story to tell, and it is one of salvation. She Laid Him in a Manger presents the birth of Jesus as told in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. With Scripture text translated by Saint Meinrad Archabbey’s own Fr. Harry Hagan and woodcut reproductions from a 16th-century missal, this small volume retells this wonderful story and reminds us today that we belong to a great tradition and unsurpassable promise celebrated in the mystery of Christ.
Fr. Harry Hagan, O.S.B., is a monk and priest of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Indiana. He did his doctoral studies in Scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome and teaches Scripture at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. He has translated several monastic works and a number of Latin hymns for the Liturgy of the Hours.