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O Thou Joyful, O Thou Wonderful

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1 ¡Oh santísimo, felicísimo,
grato tiempo de Navidad!
Al mundo perdido,
Cristo le ha nacido:
¡Alegría, alegría cristiandad!

2 ¡Oh santísimo, felicísimo,
grato tiempo de Navidad!
Coros celestiales
oyen los mortales:
¡Alegría, alegría, cristiandad!

3 ¡Oh santísimo, felicísimo,
grato tiempo de Navidad!
Príncipe del cielo,
danos tu consuelo:
¡Alegría, alegría, cristiandad!


1 O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Grace revealing Christmastide!
Jesus came to win us
From all sin within us:
Glorify the holy Child!

2 O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Love revealing Christmastide!
Loud hosannas singing
And all praises bringing:
Glorify the holy Child!

3 O thou joyful, O thou wonderful
Peace revealing Christmastide!
Darkness disappearing,
God’s own light now nearing:
Glorify the holy Child!

Source: Santo, Santo, Santo: cantos para el pueblo de Dios = Holy, Holy, Holy: songs for the people of God #97

Author: Johann Daniel Falk

Falk, Johannes Daniel, was born Oct. 28, 1768, at Danzig, where his father was a wig-maker. With a stipend from the Town Council of Danzig, he entered the University of Halle in 1791, where he studied the classics and theology, remaining as a private tutor for some time after completing his course. In 1798 he married and settled as a man of letters at Weimar, where he was welcomed by Herder, Goethe and Wieland, and where he gained some reputation as a writer of satirical works. During the Napoleonic wars, after the battle of Jena, 1806, Falk found his true vocation as a philanthropist, first in the field hospitals and then in the care of destitute children. With the court preacher Horn he founded the "Society of Friends in Need," and shortl… Go to person page >

Translator: Henry Katterjohn

Born: October 24, 1869, Cincinnati, Ohio. Died: November 4, 1931. Katterjohn was educated at Elmhurst College, Illinois (1888); Eden Seminary, Webster Groves, Missouri (1892); and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri (MA 1919). Ordained in 1892, he pastored at Evangelical Synod churches in Urbana, Waverly, and Kenton, Ohio. From 1914 to 1921, he edited Sunday school materials. In 1924, he became professor of psychology and religion at Elmhurst College.  Go to person page >



SICILIAN MARINERS is traditionally used for the Roman Catholic Marian hymn "O Sanctissima." According to tradition, Sicilian seamen ended each day on their ships by singing this hymn in unison. The tune probably traveled from Italy to Germany to England, where The European Magazine and London Review…

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