The Mary, Joseph and Jesus Greeting Card depicts Luke 2:1-20 — the birth of Jesus in humble surroundings, a newborn infant who is laid in manger yet hailed and praised by a Heavenly Host of angels. This manger (Luke 2:12,16) 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 With Jesus’ birth, Isaiah 1:3 has now been repealed!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
“Jesus is the reason for the season.” “Put Christ back in Christmas!” Such sentiments are certainly understandable in the midst of the overwhelming tsunami which is the Christmas shopping season. But for Christians, Christ has always been the reason for the season, and Christ never left Christmas. Christmas cards, especially Christmas cards like this one, acknowledge quietly and powerfully what Christmas is really all about: God has given God’s own self to us — definitively, absolutely, unreservedly, and irrevocably — in a totally vulnerable baby born to humble parents in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire. The Mary, Joseph and Jesus Greeting Card is the perfect card for celebrating this wonderful and glorious mystery.
The banner across the card reads in German: Ehre sei Gott in der Hoehe and Friede den Menschen auf der Erden, die guten Willens sind (English translation: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.)
The Birth of the Messiah – 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.