Saturday, December 25, 2010

Buon Natale!


Duccio, Nativity Panel (1308-1311). National Gallery of Art, Washington

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him
.
John 3:17



The Wexford Carol (traditional Irish carol)
recorded by Yo-Yo Ma, Alison Krauss, and Natalie MacMaster
from Songs of Joy & Peace


Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done
In sending his beloved son
With Mary holy we should pray,
To God with love this Christmas Day
In Bethlehem upon that morn,
There was a blessed Messiah born

Near Bethlehem did shepherds keep
Their flocks of lambs and feeding sheep
To whom God's angels did appear
Which put the shepherds in great fear
Prepare and go, the angels said
To Bethlehem, be not afraid
For there you'll find, this happy morn
A princely babe, sweet Jesus, born

With thankful heart and joyful mind
The shepherds went this babe to find
And as God's angel had foretold
They did our Saviour Christ behold
Within a manger he was laid
And by his side a virgin maid
Attending on the Lord of Life
Who came on earth to end all strife

~~~~~

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