Enjoy this read-aloud feature of The Christmas Story through beautiful, intricate quilts that illustrate the Holy nativity scenes.
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a city in Galilee, to a virgin who was engaged to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David's house. The virgin's name was Mary. When the angel came to her, he said, "Rejoice, favored one! The Lord is with you!" She was confused by these words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. The angel said, "Don't be afraid, Mary. God is honoring you. Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.”
Quilt by Kimberly Haylock, based on a panel in the book A Stained Glass Christmas. "I enlarged the faces of Mary and Gabriel and printed them on fabric sheets. The panel was made by Fra Paolo di Mariotto da Gambassi in about 1509."
Nearby shepherds were living in the fields, guarding their sheep at night. The Lord's angel stood before them, the Lord's glory shone around them, and they were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today in David's city. He is Christ the Lord. This is a sign for you: You will find a newborn baby wrapped snugly and lying in a manger.
The Angels and the Shepherds. Quilt by Sue Griffiths (Duck Creek Mountain Quilting, duckcreekmountainquilting.com).
After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during rhe rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We've seen his star in the east, and we've come to honor him." When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, and everyone in Jerusalem was troubled with him. Then Herod secretly called for the magi and found out from them the time when the star had first appeared. He swent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search carefully for the child."
Three Wise Men. Image used with permission from Gretchen Kluth Hudock, PineBerry Patch Patterns (pattern available through quiltwoman.com)
When they saw the star, they were filled with joy. They entered the house and saw the child with Mary his mother. Falling to their knees, they honored him. Then they opened their treasure chests and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
O Holy Night, based on the Advent Nativity Pattern by Paper Panache. Quilted by Ramona Sorenson, designed by Lisa Robison.
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.
Madonna, designed in fabric by Emily and Sue Stutzman for Whims Watercolor Quilt Kits.
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