>Commemoration: Christina Rossetti

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Tuesday April 27, 2021 All Day
Annually on April 27

Christina Rossetti

Poet, 1894


O God, whom heaven cannot hold, you inspired Christina Rossetti to express the mystery of the Incarnation through her poems: Help us to follow her example in giving our hearts to Christ, who is love; and who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

From Holy Women, Holy Men:

Christina Rosetti, among the more important poets of the nineteenth

century, was born in 1830 to a professor and his devout, evangelical

wife. Her eldest sister, Maria, entered an Anglican convent and her

poet-painter brother, Dante, was a leading figure in the Pre-Raphaelite

movement of the nineteenth century. She suffered from poor health

most of her life, being diagnosed variously with tuberculosis or

angina and led a retiring, somewhat cloistered life. In spite of this she

produced an enormous quantity of verse and was in lively and ongoing

conversation with members of Dante’s “Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.”

She died of cancer in 1884.

Unlike some of the Pre-Raphaelites with whom she was in

relationship, Rosetti embraced Christian faith and practice. Over

five hundred of her poems were devotional. They were related to the

liturgy, to the feasts and fasts of the liturgical year, and to biblical

“dialogues” with Christ.

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