The Holy Family in Stable Greeting Card depicts Matthew 2:1-12 — the birth of Jesus in humble surroundings and soon to be adored by wise men (i.e., “kings”, “magi”, or “astrologers”) from the East. They have been guided by a star now shining brightly over Jesus’ manger (Luke 2:12,16). This manger is not a sign of poverty, but rather a reminder of God’s complaint against Israel in Isaiah 1:3: “The ox knows its owner, the donkey knows the manger of its lord, but Israel does not know, and my people have not understood me.” With Jesus’ birth, Isaiah 1:3 has now been repealed! This card is a print reproduction of an original enamel-on-bronze (champlevé) plaque from the hand of the world famous goldsmith Egino Weinert (1920-2012). Measuring 5.75 x 4 inches, this card is blank inside and includes an envelope. Quantity discounts available.
The Perfect Christmas Card
“Put Christ back in Christmas!” “Jesus is the reason for the season!” Such sentiments are widely shared and deeply felt, especially when during the onslaught of the consumeristic frenzy known as the “Christmas shopping season” which stretches from Black Friday (and even Thanksgiving evening!) until the last package has been torn open. But for followers of Christ, Christ never left Christmas, Christ has always been the reason for the season, and the real Christmas season is only just beginning on Christmas eve! Christmas cards, especially Christmas cards like this one, acknowledge gently, quietly, and yet powerfully what Christmas really is all about: God has given God’s own Self to us — unreservedly, absolutely, definitively, and irrevocably — in a radically vulnerable baby, born to simple parents two millennia ago in an obscure backwater of the Roman Empire. The Holy Family in Stable Greeting Card is the perfect card for celebrating this marvelous and holy mystery.
The Star Guides the Magi to the Newborn King of the Jews – Matthew 2:1-11
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Born and Laid in a Manger – Luke 2:1-20
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.