|the adoration of the Magi|
hand-pulled linocut Christmas card
© Teresa Newham
On this year's Christmas card I've chosen to depict the Three Kings - or Wise Men - or Magi, as they are often known. Their story strictly speaking belongs to Epiphany (6th January), as Matthew's Gospel (the only Gospel in which they appear) does not state exactly when they made their journey - some commentators date their visit as late as two years after Jesus' birth.
Originally I was going to call this little linocut The Three Kings. This verse from The First Nowell gives a clue as to why I didn't :
The Three Kings also happens to be the name of one of my favourite pieces of Christmas music - a hybrid of two other pieces, Three Persian Kings from Lands Afar and How Brightly Beams the Morning Star (click on the lyrics to listen to it). It captures beautifully our response to the joy of our Saviour's birth:
May you and your loved ones have peace and joy this Christmas, and every blessing for the New Year.