24 December 2008
Words from Christmas Midnight
All my heart again rejoices... Sweetest angel voices... Come, then, banish all your sadness! One and all, great and small, Come with songs of gladness. We shall live with Him forever There on high In that joy Which will vanish never... When all was still and it was midnight, your almighty Word, O Lord, descended from the royal throne... Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, Lord, have mercy... Glory be to God on high! (welcome back, old friend!)... O God, You make this most holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light... we may also come to the fullness of His joys in heaven... The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light... The Lord has made known His salvation... For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people... Let us worship and bow down! Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!... In those days a decree... And she gave birth to her firstborn Son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn... Fear not, for behold I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people... And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying... (kneeling) and was made man... And while the angels in the sky sang praise above the silent field, To shepherds poor the Lord Most High, the one great Shepherd is revealed... Restore to me the joy of Thy salvation... We come to You, holy Father, with praise and thanksgiving, through Jesus Christ, Your Son... In the mystery of the Word made flesh You have given us a new revelation of Your glory, that seeing You in the person of Your Son, we may know and love those things which are not seen... Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth... Our Father... Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed... The peace of the Lord... O Christ, Thou Lamb of God... O holy night... Nails, spear shall pierce Him through... How silently, how silently... The body of Christ, given for you... (in the candlelight) Lord, now let Thy servant depart in peace... A light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost... the mysteries of that light on earth... The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace... Radiant beams from Thy holy face With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.
Posted by William Weedon at 8:18 AM