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O Lord, Our Father, Thanks to Thee   3 comments

New Year's Eve

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Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal (1880), Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States (1818-1930)

(The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, contains an altered translation.)

Original German Words (1597) by Cyriacus Schneegass (1546-1597)

English Translation (1880) by August Crull (1845-1923)

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1.  O Lord, our Father, thanks to Thee

In this new year we render,

For Thou hast been from misery

And evil our defender;

Thro’ all the year that hath now fled

Hast given us our daily bread,

And peace within our borders.

2.  Lord Jesus Christ, our thanks to Thee

In this new year we render;

For Thou still rulest zealously

Thy fold, with mercies tender;

Thou hast redeemed us with Thy blood,

Thou art our Joy, our only Good,

In life and death our Savior.

3.  Lord Holy Ghost, our thanks to Thee

In this new year we render,

For by Thy grace it is that we

Preserve Thy Word’s pure splendor;

Thou hast infused, Lord, from above

Into our hearts true faith and love,

And other Christian virtues.

4.  Our faithful God, we cry to Thee;

Still bless us with Thy favor,

Blot out our iniquity,

And hide our sins forever.

Grant us a happy, good new year

And when the hours of death draw near,

A blest departure.

Hark! The Voice Eternal   1 comment

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Above:  Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, Atlanta, Georgia, December 10, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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

Words (1882) by John Julian (1839-1913)

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1.  Hark! the voice eternal,

Robed in majesty,

Calling into beginning

Earth and sea and sky;

Hark! in countless numbers

All the angel throng

Hail creation’s morning

With one burst of song

High regal glory,

‘Mid eternal light,

Reign, O King immortal,

Holy, infinite.

2.  Bright the world and glorious,

Calm both earth and sea,

Noble in its grandeur

Stood man’s purity;

Came the great transgression,

Came the saddening fall,

Death and desolation

Breathing over all.

Still in regal glory,

‘Mid eternal light,

Reigned the King immortal,

Holy, infinite.

3.  Long the nations waited,

Through the troubled night,

Looking, longing, yearning,

For the promised light,

Prophets saw the morning

Breaking far away,

Minstrels sang the splendour

Of that opening day.

Whilst sang the splendour

Of that opening day.

Whilst in regal glory,

‘Mid eternal light,

Reigned the King immortal,

Holy, infinite.

4.  Brightly dawned the Advent

Of the new-born King,

Joyously the watchers

Heard the angels sing.

Sadly closed the evening

Of His hallowed life,

As the noontide darkness

Veiled the last dread strife.

Lo! again in glory,

‘Mid eternal light,

Reigns the King immortal,

Holy, infinite.

5.  Lo! again He cometh,

Robed in clouds of light,

As the Judge eternal,

Armed with power and might

Nations to His footstool

Gathered then shall be;

Earth shall yield her treasures,

And her dead, the sea.

Till the trumpet soundeth,

‘Mid eternal light,

Reign, Thou King immortal,

Holy, infinite.

6.  Jesus! Lord and Master,

Prophet, Priest, and King,

To Thy feet, triumphant,

Hallowed praise we bring.

Thine the pain and weeping,

Thine the victory;

Power, and praise, and honour,

Be, O Lord, to Thee.

High in regal glory,

‘Mid eternal light,

Reign, O King immortal,

Holy, infinite.

Posted January 18, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1800s, The Hymnal 1916 (1918)

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Oh, Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly   3 comments

Birth of Jesus

Above:  A Mosaic at a Former Church, Now a Mosque, Between 1888 and 1910

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsca-03684

Hymn Source = W. G. Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, Second Edition (1942)

Original German Words (1646) by Christian Keimann (1607-1662)

English Translation (1863) by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

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1.  Oh, rejoice, ye Christians, loudly,

For our joy hath now begun;

Wondrous things our God hath done.

Tell abroad His goodness proudly

Who our race hath honored thus

That He deigns to dwell with us.

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

2.  See. my soul, thy Savior chooses

Weakness here and poverty;

In such love He comes to thee

Nor the hardest couch refuses;

All He suffers for thy good,

To redeem thee by His blood.

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

3.  Lord, how shall I thank Thee rightly?

I acknowledge that by Thee

Every blessing flows for me.

Let me not forget it lightly,

But to Thee through all things cleave;

So shall heart and mind receive.

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

4.  Jesus, guard and guide Thy members,

Fill Thy brethren with Thy grace,

Hear their prayers in every place.

Quicken now life’s faintest embers;

Grant all Christians, far and near,

Holy peace, a glad New Year!

Joy, O joy, beyond all gladness,

Christ hath done away with sadness!

Hence, all sorrow and repining,

For the Sun of Grace is shining!

For Thy Mercy and Thy Grace   2 comments

New Year's Eve

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Words (1841) by Henry Downton (1818-1885)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal (1895), Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.

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1.  For Thy mercy and Thy grace,

Constant through another year,

Hear our song of thankfulness,

Jesus, our Redeemer, hear.

2.  Lo! our sins on Thee we cast,

Thee, our perfect Sacrifice;

And, forgetting all the past,

Press towards our glorious prize.

3.  Dark the future; let Thy light

Guide us, bright and morning Star:

Fierce our foes, and hard the fight;

Arm us, Saviour, for the war.

4.  In our weakness and distress,

Rock of strength, be Thou our Stay;

In the pathless wilderness

Be our true and living Way.

5.  Who of us death’s awful road

In the coming year shall tread?

With Thy rod and staff, O God,

Comfort Thou his dying bed.

6.  Keep us faithful, keep us pure,

Keep us evermore Thine own;

Help, O help us to endure;

Fit us for the promised crown.

7.  So within Thy palace gate

We shall praise, on golden strings,

Thee our only Potentate,

Lord of lords, and King of Kings.

Posted January 15, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1800s, The Hymnal (1895)

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Thy Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We   2 comments

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Above:  Christ the Merciful

Image in the Public Domain

Original Danish Words by Hans Adolf Brorson (1694-1764)

English Translation (1898) by Harriet Reynolds Krauth Spaeth (1845-1925)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996), Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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1.  Thy little ones, dear Lord, we are,

And come Thy holy bed to see;

Enlighten ev’ry soul and mind

That we the way to Thee may find.

2.  With songs we hasten Thee to greet

And kiss the dust before Thy feet;

O blessed hour, O sweetest night,

That gave Thee birth, our soul’s delight.

3.  Now welcome! From Thy heav’nly home

Thou to our vale of tears art come;

Man hath no off’ring for Thee save

The stable, manger, cross, and grave.

4.  Jesus, alas! how can it be

So few bestow a thought on Thee

Or on the love, so wondrous great,

That drew Thee down to our estate?

5.  O draw us wholly to Thee, Lord,

Do Thou to us Thy grace accord,

True faith and love to us impart,

That we may hold Thee in our heart.

6.  Keep us, howe’er the world may lure,

In our baptismal cov’nant pure;

That ev’ry yearning thought may be

Directed only unto Thee

7.  Until at last we, too, proclaim,

With all Thy saints, Thy glorious name;

In Paradise our songs renew,

And praise Thee as the angels do.

8.  We gather round Thee, Jesus dear,

So happy in Thy presence here;

Grant us, our Savior, ev’ry one,

To stand in heav’n before Thy throne.

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.