Sunday, December 17, 2023

At Advent's Apex

 A beautiful hymn whose roots run deep into the Fifteenth century, "Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming" is often heard today on Gaudete Sunday.  Yet, considering that poetry inspired by the Prophet Isaiah, this hymn's roots extend into the Seventh century.  Consider the lyrics:

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming From tender stem hath sprung. Of Jesse’s lineage coming, As men of old have sung. It came, a flow’ret bright, Amid the cold of winter, When half spent was the night. Isaiah ’twas foretold it, The Rose I have in mind; With Mary we behold it, The virgin mother kind. To show God’s love aright, She bore to men a Savior, When half spent was the night. This Flow’r, whose fragrance tender With sweetness fills the air, Dispels with glorious splendor The darkness everywhere. True man, yet very God, From sin and death He saves us, And lightens every load.

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