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!
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
What’s your favorite Christmas hymn?