represents swaddling clothes,
Its smell is sweet, it caresses the nose.
Known as “Cotton Lavender,“ and “Holy Flax,”
It’s the herb of fair linen, a drying rack.
Legend tells on the night He was born,
This herb formed a circle and thus adorned,
The Christ Child’s head to crown Him as King?
A wreath was formed, a glorious thing!
As nature burst forth in celebration,
And the angels sang in jubilation.
The manger herb, Santolina bloomed bright,
To honor our Newborn King that night!
“St. John's Plant,” “Holy Hay“, I indeed envy
As the Christ Child slept there in your arms,
May He rest in my heart too!
©2005 by Dot McGinnis
"And suddenly there was with the angel a
of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men." Luke 2:13-14