Thursday, December 22, 2016

Ancient Christmas Card

At the time of sunrise
a ray grazes the notch on the left side
on Christmas Day.
A Feast-day of the Church,
the first season of the year.
The season of the Blessed Advent
of the Savior, Lord Christ.
Behold, he is born of Mary, a woman.

The writing in the picture is on a rock wall in  southwestern West Virginia.  Archeologist Robert Pyle has identified it as Celtic Ogam from 500-800 A.D.  The translation is by Barry Fell.  There are similar petroglyphs in the same area.  That Celts (Irish monks?) were here that early is astonishing. Even more astonishing is that they took the trouble to carve this Christmas message on rock, to share with the ages their faith in the Incarnation.
(The picture and the translation are from the cover of the March, 1983, issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine.)

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