to create a wreath divine

Posted by on December 19, 2017 in reflections | Comments Off on to create a wreath divine

blessing table flower

 

Remember your Creator until the silver cord is removed,

And the golden flower is pressed together

Ecclesiastes 12:6

 

A discarded sunshiny flower bloom on that blessing bearing table outside the town coffee shop.  This lonely little flower on a cold wintry morning, immediately reminded me of a Christmas carol taught to me by an older woman, a Romanian Canadian choir director, who pulled so many of us into her choir – persistent despite even many many protests.  She had a vision, decades before it was popular, which is why it was a vision, of an english speaking Orthodox Church and she left her Romanian Church with others to found one, and make it a reality.

In her choir we sang english, but also learned hymns in every language of the Church, so that if a Greek, Russian or Serbian or Middle Eastern family came into our parish, we would sing a hymn of the Liturgy in their language, thus making them feel right at home.

She loved music, and taught us all to love and to sing the words of the Church.

This Christmas song is called Three Shepherds and it is even more beautiful with the melody.

 

Three Shepherds

Three shepherds were united
Three shepherds were united
O heavens sunlight
Golden floral sunlight
Thus inspired they decided

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Come now brothers all together

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Come now Brothers all together

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O heavens sunlight
Golden floral sunlight
Many flowers we must gather

To create a wreath divine
To create a wreath divine
O heavens sunlight
Golden floral sunlight
With goodwill t’would be entwined

We’ll present it to our Lord
We’ll present it to our Lord
O heavens sunlight
Golden floral sunlight
In HIS LOVE forevermore