Let's start with Govaert Flinck's The Annunciation to the Shepherds.
The link for this painting has interesting information on this artist and painting.
|Govaert Flinck - The Annunciation to the Shepherds|
And a painting by my favorite American artist, Thomas Cole
This month I'd like to feature classical music for Christmas. This week we'll listen to Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio (in English) This is just the beginning of the oratorio. If you'd like to listen to the whole thing it is here beautifully done, but not in English.
I'd like to recommend an advent devotional called Joy to the World. You can download it free on Amazon. It features a hymn and it's background story each day and has a link to a youtube rendition of the song, followed by a short prayer.
One of my favorite Christmas poems by Christina Rossetti this week:
In the Bleak Midwinter
In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.
Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.