In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being except through him.
What has come into being in him was life,
life that was the light of men;
and light shines in darkness,
and darkness could not overpower it.
All of December, I have been writing a 16x20 Holy Family icon in egg tempera. It is nearing completion (glimpse below). In the meantime, I offer to my dear readers the gift of one of my own, simple Holy Family illustrations of 6x6 inches, above. Briefly, the background is symbolically dark and Jesus, Mary and Joseph radiate light. Whereas the sketch took an hour to complete, the icon below has been developing over a stretch of months, beginning here and the final update is here.
Today we celebrate the dawn of our redemption.
Online commentary entitled "O Holy Night"
"Does anyone else find it amazing and humbling that Mary and Joseph, both knowing that Mary carried the Savior of the world, the Messiah, in her womb, traveled by donkey to Bethlehem and settled down for the night among the animals of a stable? They didn't attempt to claim any special rights or privileges, nor did they demand special treatment from the keeper of the Inn. Mary, who was called by the angel Gabriel, "full of Grace" and "blessed among women," is carrying inside of her the King of Glory, the Lord of the universe, and yet she and Joseph do not arrive into town with a personal entourage or special security; no advance prayer team or spiritual warriors. They didn't even send out a notice around the village to announce the special event. No, they arrived quietly, humbly, alone, probably a bit cold and frightened, and certainly full of wonder about what was going to happen next. Yet in that one holy night, that one moment of time, the whole world was changed forever. Heaven quietly invaded earth through the faint sound of a newborn infant's cry, light came into the darkness, and all hell was about to break loose."
St. Luke 2:6-7
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
In akathists devoted to saints, which were modeled on the example of the first akathist, there is a repeating appeal to “rejoice”. The reason for this can also be found in Gospel. With their feats of faith and life, the saints became honored with the reward about which the Savior said: “Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:12). from dishupravoslaviem
The Blessed Virgin Mary's Tunic, a precious relic of the nativity.
Lastly, a dashboard view. With the radio on and car lights off we cruise our neighborhood each year. The "candlelit trail" is a long standing tradition where each home in the area receives bags and candles to place outside on Christmas eve. Merry Christmas Season to all!
Notes, Art, Photography CMJENTZ ©2013-2018
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Christi Marie (CM) Jentz.
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Original artwork, as opposed to a print of any type, is quite wonderful and by far the most sumptuous and "tactile" of all.
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