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Lord Jesus, Son of Mary   Leave a comment


Above:  Nativity

Image in the Public Domain

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

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


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.

To God the Anthem Raising   3 comments

New Year's Eve

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Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

German Text (published in 1571) by Paul Eber (1511-1569)

English Translation (1907) by Carl Doving (1867-1937)


1.  To God the anthem raising,

Sing, Christians, great and small;

Sing out, His goodness praising,

Oh, thank Him, one and all!

Behold how God this year,

Which now is safely ended,

Hath in His love befriended,

His children far and near.

2.  Let us consider rightly

His mercies manifold,

And let us not think lightly

Of all His gifts untold.

Let thankfulness recall

How God this year hath led us,

How He hath clothed and fed us,

The great ones and the small.

3.  The Church and State He granted

His peace in every place,

His vineyard He hath planted

Among us by His grace.

His ever bounteous hand

Prosperity hath given

And want and famine driven

From this our native land.

4.  His Father heart is yearning

To take us for His own

When, our transgressions mourning,

We trust in Christ alone;

When in His name we pray

And humbly make confession,

He pardons our transgression

And is our faithful Stay.

5.  Our God hath well defended,

Hath kept us through His grace;

But if He had contended

With us our sins to trace

And given us our meed,

We all would then be lying

In sin and sorrow, dying,

Each one for his misdeed.

6.  O Father dear in heaven,

For all Thy gifts of love

Which Thou to us hast given

We lift our thanks above.

In Jesus’ name we here,

To Thee our prayers addressing,

Still ask Thee for Thy blessing:

Grant us a joyful year.

Jesus, O Precious Name   2 comments

New Year's Eve

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Words (1918) by Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal and Order of Service (1925), The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod


1.  Jesus, O precious Name,

By heaven’s herald spoken,

Jesus, O holy Name,

Of love divine the token,

Jesus, in Thy dear Name

This new year we begin;

Bless Thou its opening door,

Inscribe Thy Name within.

2.  Jesus, O precious Name,

In Thee our hopes are centered,

In Thee, O mighty Name,

This new year we have entered.

Though seasons come and go,

Thou, Lord, art still the same;

Immovable is still

That solid rock, Thy Name.

3.  Jesus, O precious Name,

Thou bringest peace and gladness,

Jesus, O worshiped Name,

Dispelling all our sadness,

In hallowed temple halls

Thy sacred echo rings,

While heav’ns ransomed host

Thy praise in glory sings.

This Night a Wondrous Revelation   2 comments

Annunciation to the Shepherds

Above:  Annunciation to the Shepherds

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Words (1683) by Caspar Friedrich Nachtenhofer  (1624-1685)

English Translation (1922) by Anna Bernadine Dorothy Hoppe (1889-1941)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America


1.  This night a wondrous revelation

Makes known to me God’s love and grace;

The Child that merits adoration

Brings light to our benighted race;

And though a thousand suns did shine,

Still brighter were that Light divine.

2.  The Sun of Grace for thee is beaming;

Rejoice, my soul, in Jesus’ birth!

The light from yonder manger streaming

Sends forth its rays o’er all the earth.

It drives the night of sin away

And turns our darkness into day.

3.  This night, which all thy gloom can banish,

The bliss of heaven glorifies;

When sun and moon and stars shall vanish,

Its rays shall still illume the skies.

This light thro’ all eternity

Thy heav’n and all to thee shall be.

4.  O Jesus, precious Sun of gladness,

Fill Thou my soul with light, I pray.

Dispel the gloomy night of sadness

And teach Thou me this Christmas Day

How I a child of light may be,

Aglow with light that comes from Thee.

Awake, Thou That Sleepest   1 comment


Above:  St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, December 16, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnary (1935), Evangelical Lutheran Church (U.S.)

Original Words by Magnus Brostrup Landstad (1802-1880)

English Translation by Ole G. Belsheim (1861-1925)

This is a hymn for the First Sunday of Advent in The Lutheran Hymnary.


1.  Awake, thou that sleepest, arise from death’s slumber!

Christ on thee shall shine;

The daylight, now glowing in rays without number,

Shows mercy divine;

Repose now no longer,

Last night’s dark danger

Soon come o’er thy soul.

Awake now, arise, and be whole!

2.  In earth’s vale of sorrows the cold mists enshroud thee,

And tears often flow;

And suffering and grief seem the portion allowed thee

In this life below;

Yet, hear the glad message,

That rescue doth presage,

And  pardon and peace

Through Him who doth bring thee release.

3.  In earth’s dreary deserts the sharp thorns will would thee.

And rough is the way;

And often thou longest from ills that surround thee

To hasten away;

Yet, cease now thy sadness,

God’s springtime of gladness

Through Christ thou shalt see:

Awake, for He calleth to thee!

4.  O lift up thine eyes now with hope unto heaven,

The daybreak is here:

Thy Lord let all blessing and honor be given,

Go meet Him with cheer;

When hearts are convicted

Of sin, and afflicted

His welcome will rise

In anthems of praise to the skies.

5.  To God be all glory, who graciously sendeth

From heaven His light;

The way and the truth my soul findeth,

And peace is my right.

O Christ, shine upon us!

From death Thou hast won us

To follow, O Lord,

Thy steps in the light of Thy word.

Blossom As a Rose Shall Here   2 comments

St. Bartholomew's, Atlanta, December 16, 2012

Above:  St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, Atlanta, Georgia, December 16, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), American Evangelical Lutheran Church and United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage

Original Danish words by Nikolai Grundtvig (1783-1872)

English Translation by S. D. Rodholm (1877-1951)


1.  Blossom as a rose shall here

All the desert places,

Blossom when the golden year

Shines on sadden’d faces.

Glory crowns proud Lebanon,

Carmel’s height has splendor won,

Flowers bloom in Sharon.

2.  Sight is given to the blind

And their eyes shall glisten;

Ev’ry mute his voice shall find,

All the deaf shall listen;

Like the hart the lame shall leap,

Zion never more shall weep,

Peace reign forever.

3.  Thus Isaiah prophesied

In the days of sadness.

Ages passed, then far and wide

Spread the news of gladness:

Christ is here, with us He stands,

Changing with His loving hand

Desert wastes to Eden.

4.  Hail our King at God’s right hand,

Jesus and His Spirit

Lead us to the promised land

We by faith inherit.

And though death by drawing near,

Words of life the deaf shall hear;

Mutes shall sing His praises.

The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns   2 comments

The King Shall Come

Above:  The Hymn

Image Source = Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Hymn Source = Trinity Hymnal (1961), Orthodox Presbyterian Church

Words (1907) by John Brownlie (1859-1925), based on a Greek text


1.  The King shall come when morning dawns,

And light triumphant breaks;

When beauty gilds the eastern hills,

And life to joy awakes.

2.  Not as of old a little child

To bear, and fight, and die,

But crowned with glory like the sun

That lights the morning sky.

3.  O brighter than the rising morn

When he, victorious, rose,

And left the lonesome place of death,

Despite the rage of foes;

4.  O brighter than that glorious morn

Shall this fair morning be,

When Christ, our King, in beauty comes,

And we his face shall see.

5.  The King shall come when morning dawns,

And earth’s dark night is past:

O haste the rising of that morn,

The day that aye shall last.

6.  And let the endless bliss begin,

By weary saints foretold,

When right shall triumph over wrong,

And truth shall be extolled.

7.  The King shall come when morning dawns,

And light triumphant brings:

Hail, Christ the Lord! thy people pray,

Come quickly, King of kings.

Posted January 18, 2014 by neatnik2009 in Advent and Christmas 1900s

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