Archive for November 2014

Blessed Night, When First That Plain   1 comment

Annunciation to the Shepherds

Above:  The Annunciation to the Shepherds

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1911), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

Words (1857) by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

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1.  Blessed night, when first that plain

Echoed with the joyful strain,

“Peace has come to earth again.”

Alleluia.

2.  Blessed hills, that heard the song

Of the glorious angel throng

Swelling all your slopes along.

Alleluia!

3.  Happy shepherds, on whose ear

Fell the tidings glad and clear,

“God to man is drawing near.”

Alleluia!

4.  Thus revealed the shepherds’ eyes,

Hidden from the great and wise,

Entering earth in lowly guise:

Alleluia!

5.  We adore Thee as our King,

And to Thee our song we sing;

Our best offering to Thee bring.

Alleluia!

6.  Blessed Babe of Bethlehem,

Owner of earth’s diadem,

Claim and wear the radiant gem.

Alleluia!

Posted November 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1800s, The Hymnal (1911)

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Hail, Thou Wondrous Infant Stranger   Leave a comment

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Above:  The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Charles Le Brun

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923)

Words by Timothy Lamb (1758-1829)

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1.  Hail, Thou wondrous Infant Stranger,

Born lost Eden to regain;

Welcome in Thy humble manger,

Welcome to Thy creature man;

Hail Immanuel, Hail Immanuel,

Thou Who wast ere time began.

2.  Say, ye blest seraphic legions,

What thus brought your Maker down?

Say, why did He leave your regions,

Why forsake His heavenly throne?

Notes melodious, notes melodious,

Tell the cause:  Goodwill to Man.

3.  We this offered Saviour needed,

Hence we join your theme with joy;

We by none will be exceeded,

While we laud this mystery,

And with wonder, and with wonder,

God incarnate glorify.

When Mother Love Makes All Things Bright   3 comments

Adoration of the Shepherds

Above:  The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Andrea Mantegna

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Pilgrim Hymnal (1912), U.S. Congregationalist

Words (1895) by Tudor Jenks (1857-1922)

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1.  When  mother love makes all things bright,

When joy comes with the morning light;

When children gather round their tree,

Thou, Christmas Babe, we sing of thee.

2.  When manhood’s brows are bent in thought

To learn what men of old have taught,

When eager hands seek wisdom’s key,

Wise Temple Child, we learn of thee!

3.  When doubts assail, and perils fright,

When, groping blindly in the night,

We strive to read life’s mystery,

Man of the Mount, we turn to thee!

4.  When shadows of the valley fall,

When sin and death the soul appall,

One light we through the darkness see–

Christ on the Cross, we cry to thee!

5.  And when the world shall pass away,

And dawns at length the perfect day,

In glory shall our souls made free,

Thou God enthroned, then worship thee.

Hills of the North, Rejoice   Leave a comment

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Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 8, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Hymnbook (1955), Presbyterian and Reformed

Words by Charles E. Oakley (1832-1865)

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1.  Hills of the North, rejoice;

River and mountain spring,

Hark to the advent voice;

Valley and lowland, sing;

Though absent long, your Lord is nigh;

He judgment brings and victory.

2.  Isles of the southern seas,

Deep in your coral caves

Pent be each warring breeze,

Lulled be your restless waves:

He comes to reign with boundless sway,

And makes your wastes his great highway.

3.  Lands of the East, awake,

Soon shall your sons be free;

The sleep of ages break,

And rise to liberty.

On your far hills, long cold and gray,

Has dawned the everlasting day.

4.  Shores of the utmost West,

Ye that have waited long,

Unvisited, unblest,

Break forth to swelling song;

High raise the note, that Jesus died,

Yet lives and reigns, the Crucified.

5.  Shout, while ye journey home;

Songs be in every mouth;

Lo, from the North we come,

From East, and West, and South.

City of God, the bond are free,

We come to live and reign in thee!

Posted November 17, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1800s, The Hymnbook (1955)

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Morning Star, O Cheering Sight   1 comment

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Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 8, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (1969)

Original Words (1657) by Johann Scheffler (1624-1677)

English Translation (1885) by Bennet Harvey, Jr. (1829-1894)

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1.  Morning Star, O cheering sight!

Ere Thou cam’st how dark earth’s night!

Jesus mine,

In me shine;

In me shine,

Jesus mine;

Fill my heart with light divine.

2.  Morning Star, Thy glory bright!

Far excels the sun’s clear light:

Jesus be,

Constantly,

Constantly,

Jesus be

More than thousand suns to me.

3.  Thy glad beams, Thou Morning Star,

Cheer the nations near and far;

Thee we own,

Lord alone,

Lord alone,

Thee we own,

Man’s great Saviour, God’s dear Son.

4.  Morning Star, my soul’s true Light,

Tarry not, dispel my night;

Jesus mine,

In me shine;

In me shine,

Jesus mine;

Fill my heart with light divine.

Hark! A Thrilling Voice is Sounding   2 comments

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Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 8, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), Episcopal Church

Original Latin Text (Fifth Century C.E.) by Anonymous

English Translation (1849, altered) by Edward Caswall (1814-1878)

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1.  Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding;

“Christ is night,” it seems to say;

“Cast away the works of darkness,

O ye children of the day.”

2.  Wakened by the solemn warning,

Let the earth-bound soul arise;

Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling,

Shines upon the morning skies.

3.  Lo! the Lamb, so long expected,

Comes with pardon down from heaven;

Let us haste, with tears of sorrow,

One and all to be forgiven;

4.  So when next He comes with glory,

Wrapping all the world in fear,

May He with His mercy shield us,

And with words of love draw near.

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This is post #1350 of GATHERED PRAYERS.

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Hosanna to the Living Lord!   1 comment

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Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 8, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1916 (1918), Episcopal Church

Words (publication date = 1827) by Reginald Heber (1783-1826)

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1.  Hosanna to the living Lord!

Hosanna to the Incarnate Word!

To Christ, Creator, Saviour, King,

Let earth, let heav’n, Hosanna sing!

Hosanna, Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

2.  Hosanna, Lord! Thine angels cry;

Hosanna, Lord! Thy saints reply;

Above, beneath us, and around,

The dead and living swell the sound;

Hosanna, Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

3.  O Saviour, with protecting care,

Return to this Thy house of prayer:

Assembled in Thy sacred Name,

Where we Thy parting promise claim:

Hosanna, Lord! Hosanna in the higest!

4.  But, chiefest, in our cleansed breast,

Eternal! bid Thy Spirit rest;

And make our secret soul to be

A temple pure and worthy Thee.

Hosanna, Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

5.  So in then last and dreadful day,

When earth and heaven shall melt away,

Thy flock, redeemed from sinful stain,

Shall swell the sound of praise again.

Hosanna, Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

Posted November 17, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1800s, The Hymnal 1916 (1918)

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