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Songs of The Season

19 Dec

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Silent Night . . . Away in a Manger . . . O Holy Night . . . .

‘Tis the season for Christmas hymns! Here are two lesser-known (but theologically rich) Christmas hymns. They’ve been around for centuries, but their timeless messages are new to me. Meditate on these lyrics:

Of The Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending, He.
Of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore.

Oh, that birth forever blessed when the virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving, bore the Savior of our race,
And the Babe, the world’s Redeemer, first revealed His sacred face, evermore and evermore.

O ye heights of heaven, adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing;
All dominions, bow before Him and extol our God and King.
Let no tongue on earth be silent, every voice in concert ring, evermore and evermore.

This is He whom Heaven-taught singers sang of old with one accord;
Whom the Scriptures of the prophets promised in their faithful word.
Now He shines, the Long-expected; let creation praise its Lord, evermore and evermore.

Christ, to Thee, with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving and unending praises be,
Honor, glory, and dominion, and eternal victory, evermore and evermore!

~ Aurelius C. Prudentius, 413, cento
Translated by John. M. Neale, 1818-1866
and Henry W. Baker, 1821-1977
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To Us A Child of Hope Is Born

To us a Child of hope is born, to us a Son is giv’n,
Him shall the tribes of earth obey, Him, all the hosts of Heav’n.

His name shall be the Prince of Peace, forevermore adored,
The Wonderful, the Counselor, the great and mighty Lord.

His pow’r, increasing, still shall spread, His reign no end shall know;
Justice shall guard His throne above, and peace abound below.

~ John Morrison, 1781
Public Domain

What’s your favorite Christmas hymn?

~ Jericha Kingston

 
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5 responses to “Songs of The Season

  1. Pegg Thomas

    December 19, 2014 at 7:01 am

    “What Child is This?” is my favorite of the old hymns. “Mary Did You Know?” is my favorite contemporary song. I guess I like songs that end with a question mark. For a silly Christmas song, I like Brad Paisley’s “Penquin, James Penguin.”

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  2. Jericha Kingston

    December 19, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Beautiful songs, Pegg! Well…I can’t speak for the silly one. Songs that ask questions are the best. They make us contemplate the meaning of the text.

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  3. Robin Patchen

    December 19, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Favorites? I don’t think I can choose, there are so many. Those are beautiful.

    Here’s my favorite rendition of Mary’s Boy Child. I’m a big fan of the steel drum music. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxm1FlLSfe4

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  4. Quid Pro Quills

    December 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Love that arrangement, Robin! I’m currently thrilled with this song, O Jerusalem In The Morning: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BMgiGjpVPKU

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  5. Pegg Thomas

    December 20, 2014 at 8:16 am

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1vsmEc6gOA Here’s a link to “Penguin, James Penguin.” It’s a cute song for kids (of all ages) at Christmas.

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