Songs for Worship – December 17, 2017

O Come All Ye Faithful
Words: Latin hymn | Music: John Francis Wade


O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him born the King of angels.

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

God of God, Light of Light;
Lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten not created. Refrain

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above;
Glory to God, glory in the highest. Refrain

Yea, Lord, we great thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing. Refrain

 

Angels We Have Heard on High
Words & Music: Traditional French carol


Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains:
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heav’nly song?
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the new-born King!
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

 

What Child Is This
Words: Traditional English carol | Music: Traditional English melody


What child is this, who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap, is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
the babe, the Son of Mary.

Why lies he in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through;
The cross be borne for me, for you.
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The babe, the Son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh;
Come, peasant, king, to own him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise the song on high,
The Virgin sings her lullaby.
Joy, joy for Christ is born,
The babe, the Son of Mary.

 

Silent Night
Words: Joseph Mohr


Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright
‘Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight:
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia;
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord at thy birth, Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

 

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence
Words: Liturgy of St. James, 5th century | Music: French melody, 17th century

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly-minded,
For with blessing in his hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of Kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth he stood,
Lord of Lords in human vesture,
In the body and the blood,
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heav’nly food.

Rank on rank, the host of heaven,
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of Light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the pow’r of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At his feet the six-winged seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Lord Most High,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, Lord Most High!”

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