The Christmas Rose
My family read a poem from the 1400's that I remember as being especially beautiful and touching. My parent's music collection included a tape from the old world with the song 'Es ist ein Ros' sung by choral voices that sounded like heavenly angels from above.
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Rose has sprung from a tender root,
From Jesus, as those of old have sung,
And it bore a flower,
in the middle of a cold winter,
When helf spent was the night.
foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
Flower, so small, whose sweet fragrance
Jesus, until we leave this misery,
Translated from the early 15th century German poem "Es ist ein Ros' Entsprungen." Author unknown. The music is from the Alte Katholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, 1599 (Old Catholic Spiritual Church Songs)
ist ein Ros' Entsprungen
Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen,
aus einer Wurzel zart,
Wie uns die Alten sungen, von Jesus kam die Art,
Und hat ein Blümlein bracht mitten im kalten
Wohl zu der halben Nacht.
Das Röslein, das ich
meine, davon Jesaias sagt,
Das Blümelein, so kleine,
das duftet uns so süß,
O Jesu, bis zum Scheiden
aus diesem Jammertal
One of my favorite angels was "the Littlest Angel" from a traditional German Christmas story in a well worn book. You may know a similar story as "The Little Drummer Boy." The Littlest Angel was in despair because the other angels brought great gifts for the Christ Child, but he had no such great gifts. It turned out that the smallest gift -- that coming from the heart -- was actually the greatest gift of all.