Here is a cyber Christmas gift for you today: the French Renaissance carol, Chanton Noel, sung by the Boston Camerata. A group of Long Island high school students translated the verses for us - particularly challenging as some of the words are a very old French no longer in use.
The photographs try to give some visual expression to the verses; a list below identifies each in some way. The last picture is timely. I imagine the evil one was pleased when the Coptic Christians had to flee the ISIS terror and wound up languishing far from home in the enormous refugee camp at Calais, France where they had no chapel for Christmas. But one spiritually sturdy and resourceful soul recycled sufficient material from the garbage and built the chapel we see here - which weakened Satan's hand. During the Christmastime we might listen to the joy-bearing carol again and even again, and contemplate the happy pictures.
I send a blessing for a Happy Christmas to you and all your family. And I thank you for allowing me entre to your lives through these posts this past year. Christ is Born! Glorify him!
- A Coptic (Egyptian) icon ~ The Visit of the Magi
- Buddhist Children Singing Christmas Carols
- Giotto: Shepherds and Angels
- Little Church in the Mountains of Tirol, Italy
- Cimabue ~ Virgin Mary and Child with Angels and St. Francis
- The Christmas Truce ~ 1941
- Spanish Nativity with Courteous Shepherds
- Holy Father, Pope Francis, Paying a Christmas Visit
- Rubens ~ Adoration of the Shepherds
- Refugee Camp ~ Calais, France ~ Coptic Church made of garbage