A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS!

Here is one of my favourite sculptures anywhere. 

A whacking great 4.5 tonne block of Portland Stone, with a new born baby boy on its surface and John 1:1 carved into its side.

In the Beginning by Mike Chapman (Presented to St Martin in the Fields, London, in 1999

Holy Sonnet XV

Wilt thou love God as he thee ? then digest,
My soul, this wholesome meditation,
How God the Spirit, by angels waited on
In heaven, doth make His temple in thy breast.
The Father having begot a Son most blest,
And still begetting—for he ne’er begun—
Hath deign’d to choose thee by adoption,
Co-heir to His glory, and Sabbath’ endless rest.

And as a robb’d man, which by search doth find
His stolen stuff sold, must lose or buy it again,
The Sun of glory came down, and was slain,
Us whom He had made, and Satan stole, to unbind.
‘Twas much, that man was made like God before,
But, that God should be made like man, much more.

John Donne (1573-1631)

O Magnum Mysterium

(setting by Morten Lauridsen)

O magnum mysterium,

et admirabile sacramentum,

ut animalia viderent Dominum natum,

iacentem in praesepio!

Beata Virgo, cujus visceram

eruerunt portare

Dominum Iesum Christum.

Alleluia!

 

 

 

O great mystery,

and wonderful sacrament,

that animals should see the newborn Lord,

lying in a manger!

Blessed is the virgin whose womb

was worthy to bear

the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Alleluia!

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  1. Charles Hampton

    Thank you Mark! Such beauty and giftedness! A very happy blessed Christ-mass to you all. Charles

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