1 Now Israel's hope in triumph ends,
With angels' glorious song ascends
A star of heavenly splendor.
O'er Bethlehem it shineth bright,
And people, guided by its light,
Shall come and homage render.
Light to all the world it bringeth.
2 Among us dwells in truth and grace
The hidden God, who loves our race;
He brought us all salvation.
The glory of the Son we see,
The only Son's true majesty,
And bow in adoration.
And His love and mercy showeth.
3 Rejoice, my soul, and bless His Name
Who to the lost and fallen came
To open heaven's portals.
Rejoice that God will mercy show,
The broken covenant renew
With us poor sinful mortals.
God in heaven;
Be on earth from heaven descending.
Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #61