In case you’ve just joined us for this series, we decided last year to make our Christmas cards by hand, matching Pete’s photographs with favorite Christmas carols.

This photograph brings to mind the grand finale of Mendelssohn’s Elijah.  Although overshadowed at this time of year by Handel’s Messiah, Elijah is a stunning work.  And Then Shall Your Light Break Forth is the prophecy from Isaiah 58 that the Messiah would come to proclaim the gospel and demonstrate its power through healing.  We found a link to a choral performance here.  Merry Christmas!

Photo by Peter Wuebker

Photo by Peter Wuebker

And then, then shall your light break forth as the light of morning breaketh,
and your health shall speedily spring forth then;
and the glory of the Lord ever shall reward you.
Lord our Creator, how excellent Thy Name is in all the nations!
Thou fillest heaven with Thy glory. Amen!

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  1. steph says

    I love Elijah! I do love Handel’s Messiah more (I grew up listening to it every single Sunday after Mass and I’ve performed it and still listen to it often), but Elijah is beautiful.

    I’m enjoying this series, Betsy. It’s lovely.

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  2. Betsy Wuebker says

    Hi Davina – Thank you! A good photograph springs associations in my thoughts. I haven’t looked at some of these in a while, so it’s fun to rediscover them.

    Hi Steph – I love the Messiah, too. The baroque music is so stately and intricate. I’m glad you like this series. Thank you!

    Hi Barbara – Thank you! Pete finished printing the photos we’re using over the weekend (we’re doing the swans this year) and now it’s my job to layer the papers and assemble. We’re glad you’re enjoying the series.

  3. says

    This is just delightful and beautiful and as we are full of snowy ice and freezing temperatures right now…I got out some of my favorite pieces and listened as I wrapped gifts this afternoon.
    Thank you…. and then shall your light break forth…

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