Friday, December 22, 2006

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The painting is the Adoration of the Magi by Symon Czechowicz (1689-1775), courtesy of scholar and gentleman Jeffrey Smith at Triumphant Baroque. I will be taking a break from blogging for a few days in order to better enter into the mystery of the Nativity with my family and parish. I will be back online by the Twelfth Night.

I wish all of my cyberfriends a blessed Christmas and the joy which the world cannot give or take away. For spiritual reflections I highly recommend Don Marco at Vultus Christi. Here is a beautiful meditation on the face of the Christ Child.

December 22: O Rex Gentium

O King of nations, and their desired One, and the cornerstone that makes both one; come and save man whom thou formed out of earth.

December 23: O Emmanuel

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Expectation and Savior of the nations! come and save us, O Lord our God!

Now all is fulfilled....Ecce completa sunt omnia....(Lauds of December 23) Share


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful nativity painting! A holy and merry Christmas to you and your whole family, and wishing you all a prosperous and healthy new year filled with the love and joy of Christ's peace!

With ove and prayers,
georgette and family

Anonymous said...

Best wishes for Christmas and a wonderful New Year!

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks, dear Georgette and dear Adrienne, the same to you!!!

Anonymous said...

A very Holy and wonderful Chrismas to you.

de Brantigny

Anonymous said...

De tout coeur je vous souhaite un très joyeux Noël, demandant au Tout Petit de Bethléem de vous combler de sa miséricordieuse bonté. C'était une joie que de méditer les antiennes O avec vous chaque jour. Je pars le 3 janvier pour Rome afin de regagner mon abbaye pour 6 mois.

elena maria vidal said...

Merci, mon Pere, et je vous souhaite un Joyeux Noel aussi.

I hope you will keep blogging from your monastery in Rome so we can read your beautiful meditations throughout the sacred season.