Tag Archives: Nativity

Seeking Christmas

 It isn’t with the Christmas tree
Or presents wrapped for all to see
St.Nick, he didn’t bring it here
Nor Frosty of the Grinch I fear
 
It isn’t in the shopping mall
Nor songs that sing our ‘Deck the Hall’
Or houses decked in Christmas lights
Or people packed on holiday flights
 
Family and friends, feast and gift
Do comfort and my spirits lift
Yet sometimes all the noise and light
Distracts me on this silent night
 
From Joseph’s trip from Galilee
And his new wife, blessed Mary
From Jesus in a manger lay
For no room was found on his birthday
 
Messiah, the Word of God, the Light
That came upon that Holy Night
When the angel proclamation began
Peace on earth, good will to man
 
Come let us go and seek and tell
This child who is Emmanuel
The creator to creation come
A new covenant of grace begun
 
To seek with Magi Bethlehem
To see the king or the great ‘I am’
To ponder deep within our heart
The words the shepherd did impart
 
For that is what I seek this year
In the middle of the holiday cheer
The place where heaven comes to earth
To fill our hearts and souls with mirth

Mosaic in the Rosary Basilica, Lourdes

Mosaic in the Rosary Basilica, Lourdes

Images for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Another cool resource I found this week for artwork is Art and Bible which is in French, but it is pretty easy to click on the wikis for various readings which also has some great artwork for this passage.

For this year it is Matthew’s nativity story which focuses attention on Joseph and the angel speaking to Joseph in a dream:

Saint Joseph the Carpenter, Georges de La Tour (1640)

Saint Joseph the Carpenter, Georges de La Tour (1640)

James Tissot, The Vision of Saint Joseph (1886-1894)

James Tissot, The Vision of Saint Joseph (1886-1894)

T'oros Roslin, Joseph's Dream (1262)

T’oros Roslin, Joseph’s Dream (1262)

Domenico Guidi, Vision of St. Joseph 1694

Domenico Guidi, Vision of St. Joseph 1694

Sir John Everett Millais, Jesus in the House With His Elders, 1850

Sir John Everett Millais, Jesus in the House With His Elders, 1850

Saint Joseph Holding the Christ, Scuola Veneta, picture by Antione Motte dit Falisse

Saint Joseph Holding the Christ, Scuola Veneta, picture by Antione Motte dit Falisse