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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Were Ya Born in a Barn?
At the 10:30 service tomorrow, on Christmas Eve I will reflect on the notion of a Canadian Christmas. I will be using the verses of No Crowded Eastern Street, a lovely Canadian carol no one knows, and the nativity paintings of William Kurelek. Kurelek was something of a folk artist, but his images convey a devotional depth rooted in his Roman Catholic faith. He depicts Jesus as the Christ Child born in a barn in several paintings, but he also moves to the seaside where it is fisher folk who come in adoration rather than shepherds and magi.
They make me think outside the conventions of my images of the season, as does the carol.
Do you know Kurelek's work? Does it speak to you? Do you need to be nudged out of the conventional scenes of the season?