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Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Author: Charles Wesley Hymnal: The Hymnal of The Evangelical United Brethren Church #81 (1957) Meter: 7.7.7.7 D with refrain Scripture: Matthew 2:13-14 Lyrics: 1 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 th'angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!" Refrain: Hark! the herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King." 2 Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord! Come, Desire of Nations, come, Fix in us Thy humble home. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; Hail th'Incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel! [Refrain] 3 Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, Risen with healing in his wings. Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. [Refrain] Amen. Topics: Jesus Christ Birth Tune Title: MENDELSSOHN
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Brightest and Best

Author: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826 Hymnal: Gather Comprehensive #379 (1994) Meter: 11.10.11.10 with refrain Scripture: Matthew 2 First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning Refrain First Line: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning Lyrics: 1 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid; Star of the east, the horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid. Refrain: Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid; Star of the east, the horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid. 2 Cold on his cradle the dewdrops are shining, Low lies his head with the beasts of the stall; Angels adore him in slumber reclining, Maker and Monarch and Savior of all. (Refrain) 3 Shall we then yield him, in costly devotion, Odors of Edom, and off'rings divine, Gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean, Myrrh from the forest, and gold from the mine? (Refrain) 4 Vainly we offer each ample oblation, Vainly with gifts would His favor secure, Richer by far is the heart’s adoration, Dearer to God are the pray'rs of the poor. (Refrain) 5 Brightest and best of the stars of the morning, Dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid; Star of the east, the horizon adorning, Guide where our infant Redeemer is laid. (Refrain) Topics: Seasons and Feasts Epiphany Languages: English Tune Title: STAR IN THE EAST
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Angels, from the Realms of Glory

Author: James Montgomery Hymnal: Lift Up Your Hearts #81 (2013) Scripture: Matthew 2 Refrain First Line: come, and worship, come and worship Lyrics: 1 Angels, from the realms of glory, wing your flight o’er all the earth; you, who sang creation’s story, now proclaim Messiah’s birth: Refrain: come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the newborn King! 2 Shepherds, in the fields abiding, watching o’er your flocks by night, God with us is now residing; yonder shines the infant Light: [Refrain] 3 Sages, leave your contemplations; brighter visions beam afar; seek the great desire of nations; you have seen his natal star: [Refrain] 4 Though an infant now we view him, he will share his Father’s throne, gather all the nations to him; every knee shall then bow down: [Refrain] 5 All creation, join in praising God the Father, Spirit, Son, evermore your voices raising to the eternal Three in One: [Refrain] Topics: Church Year Christmas; Doxologies Tune Title: REGENT SQUARE
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Silent Night! Holy Night!

Author: Joseph Mohr; Henrietta Ten Harmsel; John F Young Hymnal: Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #344 (1987) Meter: Irregular Scripture: Matthew 2 Lyrics: 1 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! 2 Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, source of light, now lies crying in Bethlehem's stall, tiny child, Creator of all, infant, Savior, and King! infant, Savior, and King! 3 Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight when they hear the angels sing alleluia to the King. Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born! 4 Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love's pure light shines anew from your heavenly face, greets the hour of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at your birth! Jesus, Lord, at your birth! Topics: Biblical Names & Places Bethlehem; Songs for Children Hymns; Christmas; Biblical Names & Places Bethlehem; Christmas Languages: English Tune Title: STILLE NACHT
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The First Nowell

Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship III #344 (1994) Meter: Irregular Scripture: Matthew 2 First Line: The first Nowell the angel did say Refrain First Line: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell Lyrics: 1 The first Nowell the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay, keeping their sheep, On a cold winter's night that was so deep. Refrain: Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel. 2 They lookèd up and saw a star Shining in the east, beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light And so it continued both day and night. [Refrain] 3 And by the light of that same star, Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a king was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went. [Refrain] 4 This star drew nigh to the northwest, O'er Bethlehem it took its rest, And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay. [Refrain] 5 Then entered in those wise men three, Full reverently upon their knee, And offered there in his presence, Their gold and myrrh and frankincense. [Refrain] 6 Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heav'nly Lord: Who with the Father we adore And Spirit blest for evermore. [Refrain] Topics: Christmas; Epiphany Languages: English Tune Title: THE FIRST NOWELL
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We Three Kngs of Orient Are

Author: John H. Hopkins Hymnal: Worship in Song #95 (1996) Scripture: Matthew 2:1-13 First Line: We three kings of Orient are Refrain First Line: O star of wonder, star of night Lyrics: 1 We three kings of Orient are; Bearing gifts we traverse afar, Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star. Refrain: O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect light. 2 Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain, Gold I bring to crown him again, King forever, ceasing never, Over us all to reign. [Refrain] 3 Frankincense to offer have I, Incense owns a Deity nigh; Prayer and praising, all men raising, Worship him, God on high. [Refrain] 4 Myrrh is mine its bitter perfume Breathes a life of gathering gloom, Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, Sealed in the stone cold tomb. [Refrain] 5 Glorious now behold him arise, King and God and Sacrifice; Alleluia, Alleluia! Sound thro' the earth and skies. [Refrain] Topics: Christmas; Epiphany; Story of Jesus; Nativity; Praise; Prayer Languages: English Tune Title: KINGS OF ORIENT
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There's a Song in the Air

Author: Josiah G. Holland Hymnal: Hymns of Faith #121 (1980) Scripture: Matthew 2:12-16 First Line: There's a song in the air! Lyrics: 1 There’s a song in the air! There’s a star in the sky! There’s a mother’s deep prayer, And a baby’s low cry! And the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! 2 There’s a tumult of joy O’er the wonderful birth, For the virgin’s sweet Boy Is the Lord of the earth. Ay! the star rains its fire while the beautiful sing, For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King! 3 In the light of that star Lie the ages impearled; And that song from afar Has swept over the world. Every hearth is aflame, and the beautiful sing In the homes of the nations that Jesus is King! 4 We rejoice in the light, And we echo the song That comes down thro' the night From the heavenly throng. Ay! we shout to the lovely evangel they bring, And we greet in His cradle our Savior and King! Topics: Christ Advent and Birth; Christ Advent and Birth Tune Title: [There's a song in the air!]
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Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Author: Gerard Moultrie, 1829-1885 Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship III #596 (1994) Scripture: Matthew 2 Lyrics: 1 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 descending, Our full homage to demand. 2 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. 3 Rank on rank the host of heaven Spreads its vanguard on the way, As the Light of Light descending From the realms of endless day, That the pow'rs of hell may vanquish As the darkness clears away. 4 At his feet the six wing'd seraph, Cherubim with sleepless eye, Veil their faces to the Presence, As with ceaseless voice they cry: "Alleluia, alleluia, Alleluia! Lord, most high!" Topics: Adoration of God; Christ the King; Christmas; Deliverance; Eucharistic Devotion; Jesus; Light Languages: English Tune Title: PICARDY
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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Author: John C. Mattes, 1876-1948; Gracia Grindal; Theodore Baker Hymnal: Lift Up Your Hearts #79 (2013) Meter: 7.6.7.6.6.7.6 Scripture: Matthew 2 Topics: Biblical Names and Places Isaiah; Biblical Names and Places Jesse; Church Year Christmas; Love God's Love for Us Tune Title: ES IST EIN' ROS' ENTSPRUNGEN
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Adeste, Fideles

Author: John F. Wade, c. 1711-186 Hymnal: Catholic Book of Worship III #329B (1994) Meter: Irregular with refrain Scripture: Matthew 2 First Line: Adéste, fidéles, laiti triumpántes Refrain First Line: Venite adoremus Lyrics: 1 Adéste, fidéles, laeti, triumphántes, Venite, venite in Béthlehem. Natum vidéte, Regem angelórum, Veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus Dóminum. 2 Deum de Deo, Lumen de Lúmine, Gestant puellae viscera. Deum verum, génitum non factum. Veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus Dóminum. 3 Cantet nunc io, chorus angelórum, Cantet nunc aula caeléstium. Glória, glória in excélsis Deo. Veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus Dóminum. 4 Ergo qui natus die hodiérna, Jesu, tibi sit glória. Patris aeterni Verbum caro factum. Veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus, veníte adorémus Dóminum. Topics: Christmas Languages: Latin Tune Title: ADESTE, FIDELES

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