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Blessed Be the Lord

Appears in 277 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:79 First Line: [Blessed Be the Lord] Text Sources: Ladies of the Grail - Hymnal: A Worship Book (Brethren Press; Faith and Life Press; Mennonite Publishing House, 1992)
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Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

Author: Charles Wesley Meter: 7.7.7.7.7.7 Appears in 449 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:68-79 Lyrics: 1 Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true and only Light, Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o'er the shades of night; Dayspring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear. 2 Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee; joyless is the day's return till thy mercy's beams I see, till they inward light impart, glad my eyes and warm my heart. 3 Visit, then, this soul of mine, pierce the gloom of sin and grief; fill me, Radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief; more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day! Topics: Comfort & Encouragement; Invitation; Redemption; Advent; Comfort & Encouragement; Invitation; Light; Redemption; Redemption; Sanctification Used With Tune: LUX PRIMA
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O Come, O Come, Immanuel

Meter: 8.8.8.8.8.8 Appears in 477 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:78 Refrain First Line: Rejoice! Rejoice! Lyrics: 1 O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. [Refrain:] Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel. 2 O come, thou Wisdom from on high, who ord'rest all things mightily; to us the path of knowledge show and teach us in her ways to go. (Refrain) 3 O come, O come, thou Lord of might, who to thy tribes on Sinai's height in ancient times didst give the law in cloud and majesty and awe. (Refrain) 4 O come, thou Rod of Jesse's stem; from every foe deliver them that trust thy mighty power to save, and give them victory o'er the grave. (Refrain) 5 O come, thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home; make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. (Refrain) 6 O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here; disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death's dark shadows put to flight. (Refrain) 7 O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind; bid thou our sad divisions cease; and be thyself our King of Peace. (Refrain) Topics: Biblical Characters David; Biblical Characters Jesse Used With Tune: VENI IMMANUEL Text Sources: Medieval Latin antiphons; tr. Composite
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Song of Zechariah

Author: Michael A. Perry Meter: 7.6.7.6 D Appears in 16 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:68-79 First Line: Blest be the God of Israel Lyrics: 1 Blest by the God of Israel, Who comes to set us free; Who visits and redeems us, Who grants us liberty. The prophets spoke of mercy, Of freedom and release; God shall fulfull that promise And bring the people peace. 2 God from the house of David A child of grace has given; A Savior comes among us To raise us up to heaven. Before Him goes the herald, Forerunner in the way, The prophet of salvation, The harbinger of day. 3 On those who sit in darkness The sun begins to rise, The dawning of forgiveness Upon the sinner's eyes. God guides the feet of pilgrims Along the paths of peace. O bless our God and Savior With songs that never cease! Used With Tune: MERLE'S TUNE
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Blessed Be the God of Israel

Author: Carl P. Daw, Jr., b. 1944 Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Appears in 16 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:68-79 First Line: Bless'd be the God of Israel Lyrics: 1 Bless'd be the God of Israel who comes to set us free and raises up new hope for us: a branch from David’s tree. So have the prophets long declared that with a mighty arm God would turn back our enemies and all who wish us harm. 2 With promised mercy will God still the covenant recall, the oath once sworn to Abraham, from foes to save us all; that we might worship without fear and offer lives of praise, in holiness and righteousness to serve God all our days. 3 My child, as prophet of the Lord you will prepare the way, to tell God’s people they are saved from sin’s eternal sway. Then shall God’s mercy from on high shine forth and never cease to drive away the gloom of death and lead us into peace. Topics: Service of the Word New Testament Songs; Gathering Songs Songs About God; Praise and Thanksgiving Songs for Praising the Father Used With Tune: FOREST GREEN

Luke 1:68-79 / Now Bless the God of Israel

Author: Ruth Duck, b. 1947 Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Appears in 12 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:68-79 First Line: Now bless the God of Israel Topics: Holy Family; Presentation of the Lord February 2nd; Comfort; Compassion; Faithfulness of God; Jesus Christ; Love of God for Us; Peace; Praise; Promise of God; Prophecy; Sickness; Word of God; Gospel; Worship and Adoration Used With Tune: LHOTA Text Sources: Benedictus
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O Come, Divine Messiah

Author: Abbé Simon-Joseph Pellegrin, 1663-1745; S. Mary of St. Philip Meter: 7.8.7.6 with refrain Appears in 30 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:78-79 Refrain First Line: Dear Savior, haste! Lyrics: 1 O come, Divine Messiah, The world in silence waits the day When hope shll sing its triumph, And sadness flee away. Dear Savior, haste! Come, come to earth. Dispel the night and show your face, And bid us hail the dawn of grace. O come, Divine Messiah, The world in silence waits the day When hope shall sing its triumph, and sadness flee away. 2 O come Desired of nations, Whom priest and prophet long foretold, Will break the captive fetters, Redeem the long-lost fold. Dear Savior, haste! Come, come to earth. Dispel the night and show your face, And bid us hail the dawn of grace. O come, Divine Messiah, The world in silence waits the day When hope shall sing its triumph, and sadness flee away. 3 O come in peace and meekness, For lowly will your cradle be: Though clothed in human weakness We shall your Godhead see. Dear Savior, haste! Come, come to earth. Dispel the night and show your face, And bid us hail the dawn of grace. O come, Divine Messiah, The world in silence waits the day When hope shall sing its triumph, and sadness flee away. Topics: Seasons and Feasts Advent; Captivity Used With Tune: VENEZ, DIVIN MESSIE

Song of Zechariah

Author: James Quinn, S.J. Meter: 8.6.8.6 D Appears in 8 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:68-79 First Line: Blest be the God of Israel Used With Tune: KINGSFOLD
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Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Author: Charles Wesley Meter: 8.7.8.7 Appears in 701 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:68-79 Lyrics: 1 Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee. 2 Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art: dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart. 3 Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a king, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring. 4 By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all-sufficient merit raise us to thy glorious throne. Topics: King, God/Christ as; Advent; Advent; Christmas; Holy Spirit; Hope; Joy; King, God/Christ as; Kingdom Used With Tune: STUTTGART
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Hymn 50

Author: Isaac Watts Meter: 8.6.8.6 Appears in 19 hymnals Scripture: Luke 1:68 First Line: Now be the God of Isr'el blessed Lyrics: Now be the God of Isr'el blessed, Who makes his truth appear; His mighty hand fulfils his word, And all the oaths he sware. Now he bedews old David's root With blessings from the skies; He makes the Branch of Promise grow, The promised Horn arise. [John wns the prophet of the Lord, To go before his face; The herald which our Savior God Sent to prepare his ways. He makes the great salvation known, He speaks of pardoned sins; While grace divine, and heav'nly love, In its own glory shines. "Behold the Lamb of God," he cnes. "That takes our guilt away; I saw the Spirit o'er his head, On his baptizing day.] "Be every vale exalted high, Sink every mountain low; The proud must stoop, and humble souls Shall his salvation know. "The heathen realms with Isr'el's land Shall join in sweet accord And all that's born of man shall see The glory of the Lord. "Behold the Morning Star arise, Ye that in darkness sit; He marks the path that leads to peace, And guides our doubtful feet."

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