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December 15th, 2009

December 15, 2009

James Christensen

This unassuming young woman has been endowed with wings and grace with such force that even the invisible has left its shadow on stone. And she’s not sure what just happened. She remains modest and humble and is probably unaware of what she has done. Her service and kindness just seemed like the right thing to do. – JCC

According to Catholic Online,

The Creator Himself is so powerful and glorious that He cannot be approached in person by human beings. He alone “hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see (1 Timothy 6:16). Angels do not have man’s shortcomings, and can therefore act for God and represent Him when communicating with men and women. They bridge the huge gap between the holiness and perfection of God in heaven and the shortcomings of dying people on this planet. Angels were made immortal.

[Charles Wesley, 1739]

Hark! the herald angels sing,

Glory to the new born King,

Peace on earth and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.


Hark! the herald angels sing

Glory to the new born King.

Joyful, all ye nations, rise,

Join the triumph of the skies;

With th’ angelic host proclaim,

‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.

Christ, by highest heav’n adored,

Christ, the ever lasting Lord,

Late in time behold him come,

Off spring of a virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the God head see!

Hail, th’ incarnate Deity!

Pleased as man with man to dwell,

Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hail, the heav’n born prince of peace!

Hail, the sun of righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,

Ris’n with healing in his wings.

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth,

Born to give them second birth.

Risen with healing in his wings,

Light and life to all he brings,

Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!

Come, Desire of nations come,

Fix in us Thy humble home;

Rise, the Woman’s conquering Seed,

Bruise in us the Serpent’s head.

Adam’s likeness now efface:

Stamp Thine image in its place;

Second Adam, from above,

Reinstate us in thy love.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing by Frank Sinatra
3 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2009 3:42 am

    That image is absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

    And I love this carol. Just seeing the words written out instantly brought multiple versions of the song to my head. I don’t have a favorite, there are so many good ones.

    Carl, I thought of you when I chose this image! Whenever I see Christensen’s work, I think, “Carl would really like this!”
    Thanks for dropping in and commenting – did you listen to old blue eyes singing? I love this carol too – I especially love singing it in church on Christmas eve when the candles light the church.

  2. December 19, 2009 5:56 pm

    What an image. Beautiful — and perfect with the lyrics to Hark. Lovely.

    There is so much beautiful stuff out there, connected to the season. It is hard to choose!

  3. December 31, 2009 8:17 am

    Oh, qu – it was just such an Advent. Despite all my good intentions I couldn’t keep up with everyone, but the true blessing is that now, with 6 (7?) days of Christmas left, all of these riches are here to be explored at leisure, even as the world plunges on into post-holiday sales and what-not.

    This image is breathtaking. I’d never heard of Christensen, so when I came by earlier today I had to go seek him out, and spent nearly two hours reading about him and looking at his work. Did you see the utterly hilarious painting of the elderly man-angel? I believe it was called “Old Angel”. I laughed and laughed.

    And, I saved this image in my files for next year! For what, I’m not sure – perhaps only to look at and make me happy. I did love the information on angels – I knew they were messengers, but had missed that they are intermediaries, that they make it possible for communication between human and divine. Lovely.

    And I’ve never heard that last verse of “Hark, the Herald Angels”. It’s really interesting to see what verses are kept and which removed – and at which times, and by which denominations!
    Apparently there’s a little “ecclesiastical correctness” as well as political correctness!

    Hi Linda – yes, Christensen’s art is wonderful. Such a sense of humor, and also “breathtaking” – I agree. I have seen Old-Angel…. very very funny.

    Researching these songs and seeing how the words vary from what I learned as a child in my Lutheran church – I know what you mean about ecclesiastical correctness.

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