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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. 

The Christmas Rose English Deutsch/German
As we remember that Europe in the 1400's was the time of the Black Plague, we feel even more the power of this poignant poem and it's message of hope.

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A 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.

 Isaiah foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
 Is Mary the pure, the little flower has brought us.
 From God's eternal wisdon, she bore a child,
 And remained pure.

 The Flower, so small, whose sweet fragrance
 fills the air,
 Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness
 True man and truer God, helps us out of all sorrows,
 Saves from sin and death.

Oh Jesus, until we leave this misery,
Let your help guide us into joy,
In Your Father's Kingdon, where we eternally praise You.
Oh God, allow us this.

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)

Es 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,
Ist Maria die Reine uns das Blümlein bracht.
Aus Gottes ew'gen Rat hat sie ein Kind geboren
Und blieb ein' reine Magd.

Das Blümelein, so kleine, das duftet uns so süß,
Mit seinem hellen Scheine vertreibt's die
Wahr' Mensch und wahrer Gott, hilft uns aus allen Leiden,
Rettet von Sünd' und Tod. 

O Jesu, bis zum Scheiden aus diesem Jammertal
Laß Dein hilf uns geleiten hin in den Freudensaal,
In Deines Vaters Reich, da wir Dich ewig loben.
O Gott, uns das verleih.

Guardian Angels
Angels have fascinated people since the time of the pyramids in ancient Egypt. Their sweet music has played throughout the ages at Christmas and throughout the year. The Victorian's adored them. Some say Angels guide them through their days and they have seen or felt their presence.

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.

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