"There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots."
Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming from tender stem hath sprung! of Jesse’s lineage coming, as those of old have sung. It came, a floweret bright, amid the cold of winter, when half spent was the night. Isaiah ’twas foretold it, the Rose I have in mind; Mary we behold it, the Virgin Mother kind. To show God’s love aright, she bore to us a Savior, when half spent was the night.
This popular Christmas carol was originally written in 1599 in Cologne, Germany. Several hundred years later it was translated into English...although I happened to find it in the original language in an antique German hymnal.
This Christmas carol takes me back to my childhood...where I heard it sung by choirs in both German and English...and playing from our old hi-fi stereo next to the Christmas tree during the Christmas season. What a beautiful picture...Christ is portrayed as the rose...who has come to bring us beauty in our winter and light in our darkness.
This Christmas, may you find music that moves your soul...and more importantly, may you experience the Christ of Christmas!
Christmas blessings to you...