MERRY CHRISTMAS 2017!
|Santa - Always on a Ladder - Ardennes - France|
Christmas in the Ardennes
We thought to share just a few of the sights of Christmas here in the Ardennes region of France.
Santa is always climbing a ladder and always headed for a window. Just the way Santa does here.
|Santa - Headed for a Window - Ardennes - France|
|Church Nativity - Ardennes - France|
|Christmas Market - Place Ducale - Charleville-Mezieres, France|
|Our Mail Lady - Christmas Spirit - Charleville-Mezieres, France|
Our mail lady loves the holidays and will dress for each of the major ones. We caught here this year in the in the dim light of morning dressed in here Santa outfit. She had the bells and lights to go along with all the rest.
|Marionnette Santa - Charleville-Mezieres, France|
|Pere Noel - Christmas Market - Charleville-Mezieres, France|
|Saint Nicolas and his Donkey - Charleville-Mez|
We hope you enjoy the stained glass nativities we have found in the past few months here in France. They come in all styles, which if fun to see. Each one is unique.
No, we don't just travel around looking for stained glass nativities . These were mostly taken while we were headed to do apartment inspections, to Stake Conference, to District Meetings, etc. We did get a couple during P-Day activities.
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Christophe - Charleroi, Belgium|
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Martin - Saint Die des Vosges, France|
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Grimonie - La Capelle, France|
|Nativity - Cathedral Saint-Etienne - Toul, France|
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night."
"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid."
"And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord."
"And this shall be a sign unto you, Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger."
"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,"
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
"And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known not us."
"And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger."
"And when they had see it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child."
"And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds."
"But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart."
"Ant the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them."
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Pierre - Bastogne, Belgium|
|Nativity - Eglise Notre Dame - Chauny, France|
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Nicolas - Signy l'Abbaye, France|
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Medard - Grandpre, France|
Matthew 2: 1-2, 7-11
"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,"
"Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him."
"Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligent what time the star appeared."
"And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also."
"When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was."
"When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy."
"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
|Nativity - Cathedral Saint-Etienne - Toul, France|
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Antoine - Les Bas Buttes, France|
|Nativity - Cathedral Saint-Gervais et Saint-Protais - Soissons, France|
|Nativity - Eglise Saint-Matthieu - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg|
Merry Christmas! We hope our stained glass nativities help you feel the Spirit of the Season - the Spirit of Christ our Lord and Savior.
May we all be as wise as the shepherds and come unto the Savior Jesus Christ with haste that we may return glorifying and praising God! May we be as humble as the wise men that we may open our treasures and offer our gifts to our Saviour Jesus Christ! May we find peace on earth through our goodwill towards others throughout the year ahead!
Coq of the Week
Our coq this week is one of the brightest we have seen. He stood strongly out in the Winter sky as the sun shone upon him. From a distance he appeared much like what one might imagine the star that lead the wise men to the baby Jesus was. We believe his massive tail did the trick. Every faithful and diligent!
|Coq Girouette - Eglise Notre Dame - Auberton, France|