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Lo, How a Rose, E’er Blooming - Merry Christmas Carol Countdown

Christmas roses, with their red-and-green splendor, are holiday favorites. And “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” reminds listeners of their spiritual significance, pointing to the Rose of Sharon, a symbolic term for Jesus.

“I am the rose of Sharon,
and the lily of the valleys.”
(Solomon 2:1, KJV)

Thanks to Marilisa Kinney Sachteleben for this Yuletide music playlist pick.

Look at the lyrics of this classic 15th Century German hymn:

Lo, how a Rose e'er blooming
from tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse's lineage coming,
as those of old have sung.
It came, a floweret bright,
amid the cold of winter,
when half spent was the night.

Isaiah 'twas foretold it,
the Rose I have in mind;
with Mary we behold it,
the Virgin Mother kind.
To show God's love aright,
she bore to us a Savior,
when half spent was the night.

Here’s one of my favorite versions of “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” performed by Sting. Enjoy!


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