6 January 2013 Leave a comment
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.
-Journey of the Magi, T.S. Eliot
For a well-considered visual environment
29 December 2012 Leave a comment
TITLE: 耶穌誕生 1 (The Birth of Jesus 1, The Nativity)
ARTIST: 華效先 (Hua Xiaoxian, Luke Hua Hsiao-hsien)
INSCRIPTION(S): 天主慶賀吾主耶穌聖誕圖; 路加華效先; 北平廣安門聖心堂美術部出品 (God Celebrates the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus; Luke Hua Xiaoxian; A product of the Beiping Guang’anmen Sacred Heart Church Fine Arts Department)
MEDIUM: Chinese watercolor on silk; mounted as hanging scroll
DESCRIPTION: Mary and Joseph surround the newborn Jesus lying in the manger, attended by angels playing traditional Chinese instruments; viewed from outside the cave.
DIMENSIONS: (Painting [Mounting]) 58×122 cm [70×175 cm]
28 December 2012 Leave a comment
Of the Father’s Heart Begotten
Let the storm and summer sunshine,
Gliding stream and sounding shore,
Sea and forest, frost and zephyr,
Day and night their Lord adore;
Let creation join to laud thee
Through the ages evermore,
Evermore and evermore.
27 December 2012 Leave a comment
Earth was waiting, spent and restless (William Chalmers Smith)
Earth was waiting, spent and restless
with a mingled hope and fear
faithful men and women praying,
“Surely, Lord, the day is near:
the desire of all nations —
it is time he should appear!”
26 December 2012 Leave a comment
Lo! He comes with clouds descending (Charles Wesley and John Cennick)
Lo! He comes with clouds descending,
Once for favored sinners slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending
Swell the triumph of his train:
God appears on Earth to reign.