This, to me, is Christmas

The Christ-child” by Gabriel Jackson.

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s lap,
His hair was like a light.
(O weary, weary were the world,
But here is all aright.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s breast,
His hair was like a star.
(O stern and cunning are the kings,
But here the true hearts are.)

The Christ-child lay on Mary’s heart,
His hair was like a fire.
(O weary, weary is the world,
But here the world’s desire.)

The Christ-child stood at Mary’s knee,
His hair was like a crown.
And all the flowers looked up at Him,
And all the stars looked down.

– Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

O vis aeternitatis – Frank Ferko

This last Monday, we started reading through new music after our Christmas concert.  One the pieces we picked up was “O vis aeternitatis” from Hildegard Triptych by Frank Ferko.  I LOVE this music.  It’s so ancient and modern at the same time.  It’s crafted so beautifully.  It’s a bit easier to read that I was expecting and we got through the whole piece during our first read.  It’s difficult music, but didn’t seem as difficult as it looks.  After rehearsal I was giddy for about 10 minutes that we were actually singing it.  I’ll let you know when we actually perform it, because a live performance of this is something you don’t want to miss.