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A picture says a thousand words: In the bleak midwinter

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Though it is a Christmas carol, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati awoke to a coating of ice and snow. Today’s A picture says a thousand words celebrates God’s majesty in ice.

St. Louis Church Downtown Cincinnati on a wintry day. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
St. Louis Church Downtown Cincinnati on a wintry day. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Ice coats trees across from St. Louis Church (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Ice coats trees across from St. Louis Church (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty —
Jesus Christ.

Winter grabs hold of a Wednesday one week from lent. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Winter grabs hold of a Wednesday one week from lent. (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Green encased in ice breaking the bonds of brown during an ice storm (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Green encased in ice breaking the bonds of brown during an ice storm (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Many children enjoyed a day off, some delayed, but the brilliance of ice and sun put on a dazzling display (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
Many children enjoyed a day off, some delayed, but the brilliance of ice and sun put on a dazzling display (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)

Enough for Him, whom Cherubim
Worship night and day,
A breastful of milk
And a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom Angels
Fall down before,
The ox and ass and camel
Which adore.

Angels and Archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air;
But only His Mother
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am? —
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part, —
Yet what I can I give Him, —
Give my heart.

God's creation on a winters day (CT photo/Greg Hartman)
God’s creation on a winters day (CT photo/Greg Hartman)
A sparrow in a make shift igloo of ice on a midwinters day (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
A sparrow in a make shift igloo of ice on a midwinters day (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
A few hold out berries cling to its mother tree coated in ice (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
A few hold out berries cling to its mother tree coated in ice (CT Photo/Greg Hartman)
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