Christmas Greetings Video

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The image in the video comes from a woodcut, entitled 'The Nativity, by Gwen Raverat (1885-1957). For me, the burden that Joseph is carrying suggests Matthew 10:28, 'Come to me, all you labour and are heavy burdened ... ".

The music is a chorale arrangement by J.S. Bach, drawing on an older German text and a tune earlier set to words about the Holy Spirit. The choir is the US American a capella group, Chanticleer--a fuller version of the recording can be found at this link.  (You'll see why I changed the visuals!)

Here are the words -- the mixture of tenderness and theology rather defies translation, but I've had a go as a Christmas exercise.

                                
O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild!
Deins Vaters Willn hast du erfüllt,
Bist kommen aus dem Himmelreich,
uns armen Menschen worden gleich
O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild!

O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild!
Deins Vaters Zorn hast du gestillt
du zahlst für uns all unser Schuld
und bringst uns in deins Vaters Huld.
O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild!

O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild!
Du bist der Lieb ein Ebenbild.
Zünd an in uns der Liebe Flamm,
Das wir dich lieben allzusam.
O Jesulein süß, o Jesulein mild;
Jesus, tiny, sweet, gentle,
Your Father's will you have fulfilled,
Coming from the Kingdom of Heaven
Becoming the same as us fragile humans:
Jesus, tiny, sweet, gentle

Jesus, tiny, sweet, gentle,
Your Father's passion you have stilled
Discharging for us all our debts
Bringing us into your Father's grace:
Jesus, tiny, sweet, gentle

Jesus, tiny, sweet, gentle,
Of love image and fullness,
Kindle in us the flame of that love,
That we may love you all as one:
Jesus, tiny, sweet, gentle