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Wikipedia Commons A_Rose_Made_of_Galaxies_Highlights_Hubble's_21st_Anniversary_jpgI’ve gathered some images, sacred and sublime, to scroll through as you listen to Charlotte Church sing “O Holy Night“, one of my favorite Christmas carols.

I love this song, not only for the haunting melody and beautiful  lyrics, but also because night has always seemed holy to me.

When I walk out beneath the stars on a cold or balmy night, I’m awestruck by such beauty and mystery and magnificence. I feel humbled and incredibly grateful, as if witnessing the hand of the divine writ large across the sky.

The images below are my gift to you. They reflect what this season is all about for me, a sense of the sacred and sublime–scenes of the birth of Christ and families celebrating Christmas.

Photos of spectacular sunsets and winter wonderlands–nature in all her glory.

And finally, images of an infinite universe stretching out and wrapping about the earth as if we were a holy gift just waiting to be unwrapped.


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Walters – The Adoration of the Shepherds

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Peter Paul Rubens – The Adoration of the Magi

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Raphaels Geburt


Paul Gauguin – Christmas Night (The Blessing of the Oxen)

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Attributed to Carel Fabritius

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From Christmas throughout Christendom – The Christmas Tree

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Viggo Johansen – A Christmas Story

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Waiting for Father Christmas – Theodor Hildebrandt

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Glorious Sunset

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Winter Wonderland

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A White Christmas

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Blackbirds flock at Nightfall

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Frosty Trees in Winter Wonderland

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Cosmic Skies over Bali

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Northern Lights over Greenland

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Stars trailing through the night


Earth Rises in the Night



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Night Mist as seen by Hubble

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Cartwheel Galaxy



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Orion as seen by Hubble

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The Milky Way Galaxy


Our home Earth wrapped up in the Milky Way Galaxy