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All Hail, Ye Little Martyr Flowers   1 comment

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Above:  The Massacre of the Innocents, by Tintoretto

Image in the Public Domain

Original Text by Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius (348-circa 413)

English Translation by John Athelstan Laurie Riley (1858-1945)

Hymn Source = The English Hymnal (1906), The Church of England

A hymn for the Feast of the Holy Innocents

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All hail, ye little Martyr flowers,

Sweet rosebuds cut in dawning hours!

When Herod sought the Christ to find

Ye fell as bloom before the wind.

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First victims of the Martyr bands,

With crowns and palms in tender hands,

Around the very altar, gay

And innocent, ye seem to play.

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What profited this great offence?

What use was Herod’s violence?

A Babe survives that dreadful day,

And Christ is safely borne away.

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All honour, laud, and glory be,

O Jesu, virgin-born, to thee;

All glory, as it is ever meet

To Father and to Paraclete.

Prayer for Christmas Sunday   Leave a comment

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Above:  Episcopal Church of the Common Ground, Atlanta, Georgia, December 24, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Prayer Source = A Book of Worship for Free Churches (1948), the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches in the United States

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O Almighty God, who by the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ into the world

didst give the true light to dawn upon our darkness;  graciously assist us that we,

adoring the mystery of thy coming into our poor humanity,

may in thy Light see light, to the glory of thy holy Name.  Amen.

–Page 33

Advent Prayer of Confession   Leave a comment

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Above:  Episcopal Church of the Advent, Madison, Georgia, December 6, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Prayer Source = A Book of Worship for Free Churches (1948), the General Council of the Congregational Christian Churches in the United States

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Minister and Congregation

Almighty God, our heavenly father,

who didst cause light to shine out of darkness in the advent of our Lord Jesus Christ,

to take away the sins of the world;

we humbly confess our transgressions and implore thy forgiveness.

We beseech thee that the spirit of Christ may be born anew within us,

and that we may glorify his nativity with hearts of compassion,

deeds of kindly service,

and the spirit of goodwill toward all mankind;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

–Page 29

Light of the World, Come Nigh and Bless   Leave a comment

Nativity

Above:  Nativity, by Sandro Botticelli

Image in the Public Domain

Text by Charles E. W. Harvey (1846-1922), a layman of the Moravian Church in America and an insurance man of Brooklyn, New York

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

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Light of the world, come nigh and bless

Thy children here below,

Who in Thy house Thy name confess,

On us Thy grace bestow.

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Light of the world, we celebrate

To-night Thy lowly birth,

And teach our little ones of Thee

Who cam’st from heaven to earth.

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Light of the world, in manger low

Didst deign to lay Thy head,

That we in darkest night of sin

Might to Thy light be led.

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Light of the world, into our hearts

Let Thy full glory shine,

That we may follow now Thy star

Until we reach Thy shrine.

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Light of the world, we worship Thee,

Our gifts to Thee we bring,

Accept our sinful hearts, O Lord,

While praise to Thee we sing.

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Light of the world, when thou shalt come

Our Judge and Lord to be;

May we through Thy dear sacrifice

Forever dwell with Thee.

Bethlehem Sleeps Beneath the Stars   2 comments

Nativity at Night

Above:  The Nativity at Night, by Geertgen tot Sint Jans

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1909) by Ferdinand Quincy Blanchard (1876-1966)

Hymn Source = Songs of the Christian Life (1912), U.S. Congregationalist, via hymnary.org

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Bethlehem sleeps beneath the stars,

Midst the mystery of the night;

But where shepherds watch their flocks,

Lo! there shines a wondrous light.

Clear a joyous chorus swells,

Peals in triumph through the sky,

“Peace on earth, goodwill to men.”

Raise the alleluia high.

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Jesus, born of Mary, comes,

Dawns the new day with his birth;

Now proclaim the hope of Christ

Over all the realms of earth.

In His faith the sad are brave,

By His power men conquer sin,

Though injustice would hold sway

Truth and love their reign begin.

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Grant us then, O God of love,

Hearts where Christ shall come to-day,

May our wills be one with His,

May His spirit guide our way.

God of Jesus, may His truths

Bless the world this Christmas tide,

‘Till with all the sons of men,

Faith and hope and love abide.

Come Rejoicing, Praises Voicing   2 comments

Adoration of the Shepherds

Above:  The Adoration of the Shepherds, by Giorgione

Image in the Public Domain

Original Text by Jiri Tranovsky (1592-1637)

Composite Translation for The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), The Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

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Come rejoicing,

Praises voicing,

Christmas Day is breaking;

Now th’Eternal,

Lord supernal,

Human form is taking.

On the hay–lo, behold

Virgin’s Son, as foretold–

Lies the precious Infant in the wintry cold,

Lies the precious Infant in the wintry cold.

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Unabated

For Him waited

Many generations;

Him now proudly

Angels loudly

Praise the Hope of nations.

Let us, then, gladly sing,

Let our songs gaily ring,

As we to this holy Child our praises bring,

As we to this holy Child our praises bring.

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Tender Flower,

Mighty Tower,

Jesus Christ, our Savior;

Heav’nly Treasure,

Without measure

Thee we love forever.

Lord and King without end,

Our poor hearts now befriend,

All Thy gifts of grace and goodness to us send,

All Thy gifts of grace and goodness to us send.

Lord Jesus, Son of Mary   Leave a comment

Nativity

Above:  Nativity

Image in the Public Domain

Text (1926) by William Merriam Crane (1880-?)

Hymn Source = The New Hymnal for American Youth (1930)

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1.  Lord Jesus, Son of Mary,

As now we hail thy birth,

Give faith to see thy coming

Each year, each day, to earth.

2.  Thou comest, walking with us,

In those whose faces shine

With joy to know and mirror

The wondrous life divine.

3.  Thou comest, living truly,

In those who never swerve

In tho’t or happy purpose

To lift and love and serve.

4.  Thou comest, Lord of nations,–

Thy promise to fulfill,–

In those with faith to stablish

The kingdom of good will.