Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord

Just sharing one of my favourite songs of all time, most appropriate for Christmas too –

Benedictus by The Priests: http://youtu.be/k3iWU5ZusVY

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,
Hosanna in the highest.”

When I was at the Palazzo Pitti, I came across this painting – one of many hanging on the crowded walls that most people give a quick look over and move on.

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(the baby Jesus sleeping on a cross)

Direct in its message, heart-wrenching in its implications, a grave reminder that even as we celebrate the birth of Christ, the season of Advent is meant to prepare our hearts for worship in the coming season of Lent and Easter. That the Lord came to earth not so much to be worshipped, as we see in nativity scenes everywhere, but to die.

Speaking of nativity scenes, here’s a simple one from a group of Syrian Christians, on display at a church in Colle Val D’Elsa –

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Wishing you a blessed and meaningful Christmas đŸ™‚

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