The Legend of the Christmas Rose


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Take time and smell the rosesRoses have been around for millions of years which just prove that roses are not difficult to grow. The Rose is also our National Floral Emblem and the state flower of several states.  

When the star appeared in the East, the three wise men knew that this was the sign that they long awaited for and packed their gifts – precious gold, fragrant myrrh and pricelss frankinscence and traveled to look for the newborn king. 

As they came close to Bethlehem they stopped and asked a young shepherdess where the newborn child was.  The girl sent them to the stable.  She saw the three wise men had presents but she had no gift to offer the wonderful new king.  She wept but an angel saw her tears.  Suddenly a rose sprang up where the tears had fallen, glistening white against the parched hillside.  The little girl quickly gathered the blossoms and ran after the wise men.  When she shyly presented her miraculous gift to the Christ child, Baby Jesus smiled and the petals of the roses turned pink.

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As Men of old have sung.
It came, a flow'ret bright
Amid the cold of winter,
When half spent was the night

                                                     Katholischer Geistlicher Kirchengesang
1599




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