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Above:  Laurence Houseman, November 12, 1915

Photograph Created by the Bain News Service

Image Source =Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/92510477/)

Reproduction Number =LC-USZ62-105335

Laurence Housman (1865-1959), novelist, dramatist, poet, and illustrator, supported causes which were radical for the time (some still are, in places):  Socialism, pacifism, and voting rights for women.

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When Christ Was Born in Bethlehem:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/when-christ-was-born-in-bethlehem/

Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/father-eternal-ruler-of-creation/

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Father Eternal, Ruler of Creation   1 comment

Christ Pantocrator

Above:  Christ Pantocrator

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church

Words (1919) by Laurence Housman (1865-1959)

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1.  Father eternal, Ruler of creation,

Spirit of life, which moved ere form was made,

Through the thick darkness covering every nation,

Light to man’s blindness, O be thou our aid:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

2.  Races and peoples, lo, we stand divided,

And, sharing not our griefs, no joy can share;

By wars and tumults love is mocked, derided;

His conquering cross no kingdom wills to bear:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

3.  Envious of heart, blind-eyed, with tongues confounded,

Nation by nation still goes unforgiven,

In wrath and fear, by jealousies surrounded,

Building proud towers which shall not reach to heaven:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

4.  Lust of possession worketh desolations;

There is no meekness in the sons of earth;

Led by no star, the rulers of the nations

Still fail to bring us to the blissful birth:

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

5.  How shall we love thee, holy hidden Being,

If we love not the world which thou hast made?

O give us brother-love for better seeing

Thy Word made flesh, and in a manger laid.

Thy kingdom come, O Lord, thy will be done.

When Christ Was Born in Bethlehem   2 comments

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Above:  Live Nativity Scene, St. Teresa’s Episcopal Church, Acworth, Georgia, December 22, 2012

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://plus.google.com/photos/114749828757741527421/albums/5824581108495648417/5824871208323557970?banner=pwa&pid=5824871208323557970&oid=114749828757741527421)

Hymn Source = The Hymnal 1940, of The Episcopal Church

Words (1906) by Laurence Housman (1865-1959)

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1.  When Christ was born in Bethlehem,

Fair peace on earth to bring,

In lowly sate of love he came

To be the children’s king.

2.  And round him, then, a holy band

Of children blest was born,

Fair guardians of his throne to stand

Attendant night and morn.

3.  And unto them this grace was given

A Saviour’s name to own,

And die for him who out of heaven

Had found on earth a throne.

4.  O blessed babes of Bethlehem,

Who died to save our King,

Ye share the martyrs’ diadem,

And in their anthems sing.

5.  Your lips, on earth that never spake,

Now sound the eternal word;

And in the courts of love ye make

Your children’s voices heard.

6.  Lord Jesus Christ, eternal Child,

Make thou our childhood thine;

That we with thee the meek and mild

May share the love divine.