Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming
As men of old have sung.
It came, a flower bright,
Amid the cold of winter
When half-spent was the night.

This German carol, which was fully written in the sixteenth century (but may have had earlier versions from the 14th century), was usually sung on Twelfth Night (January 5th) as an Epiphany Eve carol. It beautifully portrays Christ as the Rose which God brought into the world to brighten our lives and save us from our darkest fears. Mary’s role as the Christ-bearer is also emphasized, so the whole hymn is a musical interpretation of those delightful Madonna and Child medieval paintings which now hang in major art galleries all over the world.

It is a hymn which expresses the hope that no matter how bleak or dark the world becomes, the light of Christ will always be with us. The beautiful melody, which is best sung a Capella, encapsulates the assurance that a mother gives to her child. The words and the tune convey God’s love for the entire world and the salvation that Christ brings to humankind.

Points to Ponder

Do I have any personal troubles, worries, or concerns at this present time? Am I willing to seek God’s reassuring love and guidance?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, You are the Light of the World and the Rose of Sharon who brings peace and healing to the Earth. Encourage us to embrace Your love and strength. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

Today’s image is one of John’s Christmas drawings called ‘Mama’s Boy.’ If you would like to view a larger version, please click here.

You watch and listen to this hymn being wonderfully sung by the Samford A Capella choir on YouTube.