the five Sundays of Christmas {part three}


My mother's angels

My mother’s angels

Hello, my friends!  Are you scurrying to get things ready for Christmas?

{photos are mine; last year’s Christmas,

some of my favorite decorations, which I have yet to put up this year}

1950s wax figures

1950s wax figures

My grandmother made the angels under glass

My grandmother made the angels under glass

  Let’s take a moment away from the rush to ponder what Christmas is.

 To remember.

To prepare our hearts to worship the King.

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Tree top angel

It is the birth of our Saviour,

the Son of God,

Who stooped to earth to become a man,

born in a humble animal stall,

a helpless babe in arms,

that we celebrate at Christmas.

Our Saviour’s love for us.

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel, And ransom captive Israel,  That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai’s height, In ancient times didst give the law In cloud and majesty and awe.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save And give them victory o’er the grave.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer Our spirits by Thine advent here; O drive away the shades of night And pierce the clouds and bring us light.

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come And open wide our heavenly home Where all Thy saints with Thee shall dwell– O come, O come, Emmanuel!

Rejoice! rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Latin hymn, 12th century/Trans. by John M. Neale, 1818-1866 — alt.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When, as his mother, Mary, was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.  

Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.

 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David,  fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy wife;  for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS; for he shall save his people from their sins. 

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which, being interpreted, is God with us.  

Matthew 1:18-23

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