Archive for December 11th, 2014

A Month from Matthew – 11

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist:

notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 


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“Fear not for behold”

The shepherd were told

The night when Christ was a Boy

“I bring you good tidings of great joy

Which shall be to all people”

The well, as well as the feeble.



“For unto you is born this day

In the city of David” not far away

“A Savior which is Christ the Lord”

Ah, Precious Gift heaven could afford.


“And suddenly there was with the angel

A multitude of heavenly host

Praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest'”

Father, Son and Holy Ghost


“And on earth peace good will toward men”

Then they were free to heavenward wend

Those shepherds “came with haste” from the field

To receive far more than wool could yield

And remember their decision to their dying day

And “go even unto Bethlehem”

After “the angels” were gone away.

– eab, Dec.  ’75

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God made the Law of Morality.

Because it was broken we have the sad Law of Mortality

(“sin, when it is finished…”).  

– eab, 1/25/13

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“There’s bread in Judah,” it was said,

(Elimelech and sons were dead)

Naomi and Ruth made their way

Back, soon there was a wedding day;

David’s line began with Obed.

– eab,12/11/06

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Josef Mohr was born 12/11/1792 at Salzburg, Austria. He was the illegitimate child of Anna Schoiber and Franz Josef Mohr who deserted her.  The poet grew up in a small damp room with his mother, his grand-mother, Maria, two half-sisters and his cousin Theresia. The ladies earned their living by spinning and knitting.  The Roman Catholic cathedral choir-master, Johann Hiernle heard Josef sing, recognized the boy’s musical talent, and helped him receive an education thus allowing Josef to leave behind his sad origin.

Mohr seems tied to December: born this month, his famous song is sung this month and he died this month: the 5th on 1848.  “Silent Night! Holy Night!” was first sung on a Christmas Eve to the accompaniment of Franz Gruber’s guitar.  It was first heard in North America in 1839. 

Silent night, holy night, All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and Child.

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

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