This morning’s Lessons and Carols was wonderful. It included another of my favorite songs, “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming.”

I can balance the songs I dislike with beautiful ones. Because, really, it doesn’t make sense to listen to bad music during a pandemic. If anything, we should listen to the most beautiful tunes we can find. Here’s one of those.

The amazing Michael Praetorius gave us a stunning arrangement of this German carol.

One more version because this is so gorgeous you can’t have too much of it.


Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

1 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-gone was the night.

2 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 men a Savior
When half-gone was the night.

3 This Flower, whose fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispels with glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere.
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death He saves us
And lightens every load

Some baking took place today, in addition to knitting and zoom meetings and so forth.