Friday, December 23, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I'm sure I can speak for all of us here at the blog that we wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas. We are all very thankful for all who read regularly and provide encouragement and feedback. We wish God's best for you all.

I want to share one of my favourite Christmas songs today. Christmas songs can be really wonderful, but there are some pretty lame ones. This is one of my favourites. The theological content is excellent. I am not a fan of "modernizing" a hymn too much, so I will share a traditional choral version of "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing." This version has a wonderful organ accompaniment, and the descant in the last verse is beautiful:

Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With angelic host proclaim
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ, by highest heaven adored
Christ, the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold him come
Offspring of the virgin's womb
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead be
Hail the incarnate deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace
Hail, the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings
Mild he lays His glory by
Born that men no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing
"Glory to the newborn King!"

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