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Christmas Blessings from Gonzaga

Click to hear GU students in the Big Bing Theory sing a holiday classic;
it’s Day 20 of Gonzaga’s special online Advent Calendar.


SPOKANE, Wash. – Although Jesuit poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) never published while alive, save for a few uncharacteristic poems scattered in periodicals, his posthumous literary fame established him among the most important 19th-century poets. Reflecting on its Catholic, Jesuit and humanistic mission at Christmas, Gonzaga offers the following poem written by Father Hopkins, S.J., titled “Christmas Prayer.” Warm Christmas blessings to all alumni and friends, students, faculty and staff.

Christmas Prayer

Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem star may lead me
To the sight of Him Who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art Holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and always,
Now begin, on Christmas day.

– Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

Gonzaga maintains the Gerard Manley Hopkins Collection – one of the world’s foremost Hopkins research archives. A major part of the archives is the Bischoff Research Collection, named for Fr. Anthony Bischoff, S.J. (1910-1993), a member of Gonzaga’s English department who started the collection by gathering Hopkins-related materials in the late 1940s as a doctoral candidate at Yale University (Ph.D., 1952). Fr. Bischoff continued collecting widely until the early 1990s. Gonzaga’s collection serves as a resource for Hopkins’ scholars worldwide.  

Below are 25 special links to the University’s Advent Calendar.

 Special Links to Gonzaga’s Advent Calendar

  1. Advent Sunday: Peace
  2. Deck Your Screens
  3. Global Guessing Game
  4. Cutest Critters
  5. Give Some Zag Cheer
  6. Match Campus Photos
  7. Zag Family Fun
  8. Advent Sunday: Hope
  9. Snowball Spike
  10. Bing Crosby’s Boyhood Home
  11. Make a St. Al’s Gingerbread House
  12. 50 Years of Gonzaga-in-Florence
  13. Caring About Our Community
  14. Shake, Battle and Roll
  15. Advent Sunday: Joy
  16. Build the John. J. Hemmingson University Center
  17. A Thankful Heart
  18. Flat Spike Goes Global
  19. Million Dollar Opus Prize
  20. Christmas Cheer, BBT Style
  21. Holiday Word Search
  22. Advent Sunday: Love
  23. Global Celebration, Global Education
  24. Reason for the Season
  25. Merry Christmas!

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