Friday, December 23, 2016

Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming (Frederica Von Stade)

Nativity With The Torch, Nain Brothers
   The beautiful hymn "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming" (originally the 16th century German song "Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen") is one of my favorite songs of the Advent Season, especially when beautifully sung, as it is here by Frederica von Stade (with the help of the American Boy Choir).  It draws it’s inspiration from the following Messianic passage from the Prophet Isaiah:
There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. (Isaiah 11:1-2)
Here the “shoot” (the Messiah Jesus, descended through his human mother Mary from King David, Jesse’s son) is depicted as a lovely Rose, which we are invited to gaze upon in the company of the Blessed Mother. It's a wonderful reminder of what we are waiting for as this Advent Season draws to its conclusion.

The Lord is close at hand - come, let us worship Him




Today, December 23rd, is also the Feast of St. Servulus.  Please see my post “St. Servulus, Tiny Tim, & The Nativity of Jesus” on the blog Nisi Dominus.