All around the world, Christians have been waiting for the birth of the Christ-child. Although Christmas is a universal Christian celebration, unique cultural/historical experiences are brought to it from each country. Emmanuel, God-with-us, is always true in a very intimate way, touching the lives and souls of peoples of all nations and cultures in ways closest to their hearts.
William Kurelek [1927 – 1977] was a Canadian artist and writer of Ukranian descent. He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1957. The Niagara Falls Art Gallery houses Kurelek’s The Passion of Christ, a series of 160 paintings based on the Gospel of St. Matthew.
The following video presents many of William Kurelek’s beautiful nativity paintings, which portray a uniquely Canadian perspective. The accompanying music is Chris de Burgh’s haunting, “When Winter Comes”.
From Canada, ” M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S E V E R Y O N E ! ! ! “
” J O Y E U X N O E L ! ! ! ”
Direct to YouTube for this video is here.