Christmas Traditions: Christmas Rose

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Another legend is of the Christmas Rose, which tells of a young girl who wanted to worship the Christ child. Seeing the gifts of the Wise Men she despaired because she was so poor and had no gift to bring. She searched the cold, harsh winter countryside but no flowers could be found. The girl began to weep when an angel came to comfort her. The ground her tears wet sprung up with a beautiful bush of beautiful white roses which had bloomed. She was able to go and worship the Christ child with a gift sewn by her heart and tears.

Some of the tradition from his legend can be found in the early 15th Century German poem  “Es ist ein Ros’ Entsprungen.”  

The English translation reads:

A Rose has sprung from a tender root,
From Jesus, as those of old have sung,
And it bore a flower,
In the middle of a cold winter,

When half spent was the night.
Isaiah foretold it, the Rose I have in mind;
Is Mary the pure, the little flower has brought us.
From God’s eternal wisdom, she bore a child,
And remained pure.

The Flower, so small, whose sweet fragrance fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor the darkness everywhere;
True man and truer God, helps us out of all sorrows,
Saves from sin and death.

Oh Jesus, until we leave this misery,
Let your help guide us into joy,
In Your Father’s Kingdom, where we eternally praise You.
Oh God, allow us this.

Author Unknown

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