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Thursday, December 23, 2010

An Ineffable Light

{originally posted Christmas 2009}

Nativity at Night
by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, c. 1490

"...the virgin knelt down with great
in an attitude of prayer,
and her back was turned to the manger....

And while she was standing thus in prayer,
I saw the child in her womb move
and suddenly in a moment she gave birth to her son,

from whom radiated such an
ineffable light
and splendour, that the sun was not comparable to it,

nor did the candle that St. Joseph had put there,
give any light at all, the divine light totally
annihilating the material light of the candle....

I saw the glorious infant lying on the ground naked and shining.
His body was pure from any kind of soil and impurity.
Then I heard also the singing of the angels,
which was of miraculous sweetness and great beauty..."

 From a vision of
Catholic mystic
Saint Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373),
which served as the inspiration for this painting.

May His ineffable light illuminate your path this Christmas season, and always.

Signing off for a few days, my friends...
With my love and very best wishes for you and yours,


Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Just beautiful, Anne!

Here's love to you and yours too this Christmastime!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

May all the blessings of Christmas be yours...
Lots of love to you dear Anne!

Sweet Magnolias Farm said...

Merry Christmas Anne ...

Beautiful Post ..

Have a Lovely Christmas weekend and a Very Happy New Year ..!

Blessings ..Sara

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Merry Christmas Anne ~

Sherri B. said...

Thank you for sharing that beautiful work of art and those words..Very Powerful!

Wishing you and your family a very blessed Christmas.

Anji Johnston said...

Thank yo and a joyous Christmas to you and yours!

Debra@CommonGround said...

Love you, dear, talk soon. All the yahoos are here. Just missin' you and Mr. T!!

DustyLu said...

Beautiful! Merry Christmas! God Bless! Hugs Lulu

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Merry Christmas, Anne.
Love and Hugs from Florida,
Donna, Handsome, Kes and Fezzik

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Wishing you and your family a very lovely New Year and Merry Christmas :)

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Beautiful post! Wishing you and your family a wonderful and blessed Christmas!!!
hugs~~ Daphne

Tina said...

Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful Christmas Anne.
May it be filled with love and joy.
XO Tina

It's me said...

Merry Christmas darling...........


Love you Ria.....

Joanna said...

Beautiful and timely post, perfect for sharing with us again.

Sweet sweet picture of that tiny babe.

Happy Christmas to you too, Anne. Thank you for the kind comments you emailed.


trash talk said...

Praying that the light never goes out.
Merry Christmas from the Casita de Trash to the House of Twig.

Anonymous said...

Lovely, Anne!
Christmas blessings to you.....
Hugs and love,

Theresa said...

Beautiful dear Anne! Merry Christmast to you and Mr. Twig! Love you bunches and pray your Christmas is perfect! HUGS!

Unknown said...

joyeux noel anne!

Jensamom23 said...

Beautiful! Have a truly blessed Christmas, Anne.

Alice said...

Just beautiful!

See you in the new year. Have a Blessed Christmas!


gail said...

Beautiful and inspiring Anne....have a blessed Christmas!

Rebecca said...

Wishing you a Christmas filled with the light that is pure love...

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Merry Chrismtas sweet Anne! You have been such a blessing in my life, thank you!

Vicki said...

Just beautiful...Merry Christmas sweet friend!


Lili said...

Oh that was just beautiful. I love how the painting was inspired by a Swedish mystic's vision. Just makes me wonder what life was like back in the 1300's. Awe inspiring. Christmas blessings to you Anne. xoxo ~Lili

Dear Lillie said...

Beautiful! Have a very blessed Christmas, Anne!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Merry Christmas Anne! I have never seen that picture, but it is beautiful. Love & blessings from NC!

Libbie said...

Hey to see you sharing the truth on your blog!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!!

I am just waiting down here to hear the running footsteps & Bo say, "Annie! Wake up!!!! It is Christmas: oooo I think they are stiring right now! Better grab the camera!!!!

Merry Christmas!

Claudia said...

Merry Christmas, Anne, to you and yours!


helle said...

A very merry christmas to you from Denmark!


Heaven's Walk said...

His ineffable light shines through you, sweet Anne! Christmas blessings to you and your sweet family, dear friend! ♥

xoxo laurie

Cottage Panache said...

Thanks for sharing this again Anne.
Hope your 1st Christmas in your new old house was wonderful.

Drawn to The Sea said...

The glow on the faces, so beautiful.
Somehow, I feel like your face is glowing too tonight.
Warm, peaceful wishes to you,

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

I hope you found your Christmas very blessed indeed. Thank you for your sweet email - it touched me.
I too am taking a little break but thought, if you check in over the next couple days you would find a smile on your face to see my little ones birthday pics!
Happy New Year to you my friend!

savvycityfarmer said...

Missing you, as always ...
I do love those private little emails you send.

Bless you as you ring in the New Year in your New House!!!!

Dorthe said...

How beautifull, sweet Anne.
I`m late for christmas wisches, but hope it was beautifull, and happy...
I wish you wonderfull hollydayes, and sends love, and hugs.

Attic Rat said...

Beautiful post!

Wishing you a wonderful 2011. I hope it's the best year that you've ever had!


Julie Pierce, Owner of The Loft on 2nd said...

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from snowy MN and The Loft on 2nd.

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