Luke’s Jesus, and Our Lord

Luke’s Jesus, and Our Lord December 12, 2018

 

The first Xmas
Christ’s Nativity (Wikimedia Commons public domain image)

 

New, via the website of the Interpreter Foundation:

 

“Luke’s Jesus,” an interview with S. Kent Brown

 

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Clayton M. Christensen, the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, who has been described as “the world’s most influential management thinker,” wrote the Interpreter Foundation’s second Christmas message.  It first appeared just prior to Christmas 2016:

 

““He Did It”: A Christmas Message”

 

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Your children might enjoy this short presentation of a Christmas-related story from the Book of Mormon:

 

“Church Releases Animated Christmas Video About Samuel the Lamanite”

 

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Here are two interesting pieces on the very familiar Nativity story, the first from a Latter-day Saint and the second from a British Anglican:

 

“Swaddling Bands and a Manger”

 

“Once more: Jesus was not born in a stable”

 

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Every year, I like to share at least a little bit of Christmas music that I especially love but that is, perhaps, less widely known.  For today, I mention a piece of sheer heavenly beauty — the male a cappella ensemble Chanticleer performing Franz Biebl’s setting of Ave Maria.  It seems, to me, to offer a glimpse into another world:

 

 

Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae
et concepit de Spiritu sancto.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.

Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus, Jesus.

Maria dixit: Ecce ancilla Domini.
Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus, Jesus.

Et Verbum caro factum est
et habitavit in nobis.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
Et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus, Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
Sancta Maria, ora pro nobis, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.
Amen. Amen. Amen.

My translation:

The Angel of the Lord spoke unto Mary,
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

Mary said, “Behold the handmaiden of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to thy word.”

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

And the Word became flesh
And dwelt among us.

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.”

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

 

 

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