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Christmas Day

Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail the incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
‘Glory to the new born King!’

John Wesley wrote this, his Hymn for Christmas Day, in 1739. The music is by Felix Mendelssohn, adapted by William Cummings. Wesley’s original first line was “Hark how all the Welkin rings” but George Whitfield (thankfully) amended it twenty years later with the line we know now (welkin means heaven).

Select this carol from either a traditional or contemporary video:

 

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Music on Christmas Morning by Anne Brontë.
Music I love ..., but never strain
Could kindle raptures so divine,
So grief assuage, so conquer pain,
And rouse this pensive heart of mine ...,
As that we hear on Christmas morn,
Upon the wintry breezes borne.

Though Darkness still her empire keep,
And hours must pass, ere morning break;
From troubled dreams, or slumbers deep,
That music kindly bids us wake:
It calls us, with an angel's voice,
To wake, and worship, and rejoice.

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A final thought for Advent.
-Before Jesus defeated death, he had to die; before he died, he had to live; before he lived he had to be born.

Merry Christmas SBF