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Christmas Lights, Part 1

Every town has celebrations and sometimes it takes a newcomer a while to discover them. It was only last year, after living in Phoenix for more than 20 years, was I told about the Christmas lights at the Mormon Temple in Mesa. I went, I photographed, but did not share in LAHP because I was in the midst of publishing more than a dozen issues sharing photos of Maui. So I saved the Christmas photos for this year — assuming that the displays did not change super much each year.



Being a church, they naturally offered a retelling of the Christmas story. I assume everyone knows the story even if you hold to a different religious belief. Depicted here is Joseph leading a donkey carrying Mary, the soon-to-be mother of Jesus, on their way to Bethlehem to be counted in the census ordered by the Romans.


After they arrived in Bethlehem, a bright star began to shine above the town to mark the location of the Christ child.


Here is displayed a striking nativity scene in the traditional stable with baby Jesus in a manger, surrounded by barnyard animals plus the three wise men.


Meanwhile, shepherds were in their fields watching their flocks by night.


Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon Virgin Mother and Child!
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace!
Sleep in heavenly peace!

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to play "Silent Night" instrumental.



Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from Heaven afar,
Heavenly Hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!
Christ, the Saviour, is born!



Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy Holy Face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth!



Silent Night, Holy Night
Here at last, healing light
From the heavenly kingdom sent,
Abundant grace for our intent.
Jesus, salvation for all.
Jesus, salvation for all.



Silent Night! Holy Night
Sleeps the world in peace tonight.
God sends his Son to earth below
A Child from whom all blessings flow.
Jesus, embraces mankind.
Jesus, embraces mankind.



Silent Night, Holy Night
Mindful of mankind's plight
The Lord in Heav'n on high decreed
From earthly woes we would be freed
Jesus, God's promise for peace.
Jesus, God's promise for peace.


 



To be continued...

Life is good.

Aloha,
B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com