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Bread for the Journey

Lo, How a Rose

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
    and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
~Isaiah 11:1 ESV

Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung!
of Jesse’s lineage coming,
as those of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright,
amid the cold of winter,
when half spent was the night.

Isaiah ’twas foretold it,
the Rose I have in mind;
Mary we behold it,
the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God’s love aright,
she bore to us a Savior,
when half spent was the night.

O Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel with glorious splendour
The darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death now save us,
And share our every load.

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming is a song often heard during the advent season. It was originally written in 1599 in Cologne, Germany...inspired by the prophecy of Isaiah.  Several hundred years later it was translated into English.

This carol takes me back to my childhood...where I heard it sung by choirs in both German and English and playing from the old hi-fi stereo next to the Christmas tree during the Christmas season. What a beautiful picture! Christ is portrayed as the rose who has come to bring us beauty in our winter and light in our darkness. He is our 'forever-blooming' rose!

During this advent season, may you find music that moves your soul. And more importantly, may you experience the Christ of Christmas!

Christmas blessings to you...


  1. Thanks for sharing this, a very beautiful disciption of that song!! Bless you!!

  2. This is such a beautiful hymn - one of my absolute favourites. So fitting for today Judy! God bless....

  3. ...and blessings to all of you.

    Anna (Toronto)

  4. This is one of my favourites and your picture just suits the song so well. Thanks for bringing it to the forefront of my mind today.


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