Advent and Christmas Music


ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

(Hymn Reharmonization)


Angels we have heard on high,

sweetly singing o'er the plains;

and the mountains in reply,

echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Gloria in excelsis Deo!


Shepherds why this jubilee?

Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be

which inspire your heav'nly song?

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Gloria in excelsis Deo!


Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing;

come, adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Gloria in excelsis Deo!





AS WITH GLADNESS MEN OF OLD

(New Hymn Tune Setting)


As with gladness men of old

did the guiding star behold;

as with joy they hailed its light,leading onward, beaming bright.

So, most gracious Lord, may we

evermore be led to Thee;

evermore be led to Thee.


As with joyful steps they sped

to that lowly manger bed.

There to bend the knee before

Him whom heaven and earth adore.

So may we with willing feet

ever seek the mercy seat;

ever seek the mercy seat.


As they offered gifts most rare

at the manger rude and bare,

so may we with holy joy,

pure and free from sin's alloy,

all our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King;

Christ, to Thee, our heavenly King.


Holy Jesus, every day

keep us in the narrow way;

and, when earthly things are past,

bring our ransomed souls at last

where they need no star to guide,

where no clouds Thy glory hide;

where no clouds Thy glory hide.





CHILD IN THE MANGER

(New Hymn Tune Setting)

Two Versions (Choral & Hymn)


Child in the manger, Infant of Mary;

Outcast and Stranger, Lord of all;

Child who inherits all our transgressions,

all our demerits on Him fall.


Once the most holy Child of salvation

gently and lowly lived below;

now as our glorious Mighty Redeemer,

see Him victorious o'er each foe.


Prophets foretold Him, Infant of wonder;

angels behold Him on His throne;

worthy our Savior of all our praises;

happy forever are His own.

Alleluia! Amen.





COMFORT, COMFORT YE MY PEOPLE

(New Hymn Tune Setting)

Can Be Sung as a Solo or Congregationally as a Hymn


Comfort, comfort ye My people,

speak ye peace, thus saith our God.

Comfort those who sit in darkness,

mourning 'neath their sorrows load.

Speak ye to Jerusalem

of the peace that waits for them;

Tell her that her sins I cover, and her warfare now is over.


Hark, the voice of one that crieth

in the desert far and near,

bidding all men to repentance

since the Kingdom now is here.

O that warning cry obey!

Now prepare for God a way;

Let the valleys rise to meet Him,

and the hills bow down to greet Him.


Make ye straight what long was crooked,

make the rougher places plain;

let your hearts be true and humble,

as befits His holy reign.

For the glory of the Lord

now o'er earth is shed abroad;

and all flesh shall see the token

that His Word is never broken.





LAMB OF GOD

( A Round)


Lamb of God; Lamb of God.

Lord, You are our Lamb of God.


(Repeat Twice)





ONE SPECIAL NIGHT


One special night, one holy night,

we were to be so very blest;

for on that night, that holy night,

God came to us to light up our lives,

so we could behold His glory.

Glory to God! Glory to God! Glory to God in the highest!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Jesus has come to be our Savior!


One special night, one holy night,

while we were all so lost in sin,

God gave to us His only Son;

His precious gift to save us from sin,

so we could behold God's glory.

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Glory to God in the highest!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Jesus has come to be our Savior!


One special night, One holy night,

was born a perfect little Lamb!

Slain from before the world began,

now He reigns, our Savior and King,

and brings to us life eternal!

Glory to God! Glory to God!

Glory to God in the highest!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Jesus has come to be our Savior!





SING HOSANNAS

(New Hymn Tune Setting)


Hark to the story angels are telling of the birth of Jesus;

born in a manger 'mid cattle lowing is the Babe most holy.

Sing, all ye angels! Sing, all ye shepherds!

Sing to the little Babe in the manger;

Sing a soft hosanna; sing a loud hosanna!

Jesus Christ is born today!


Shepherds akeeping watch on the hillside

heard the wondrous story;

knelt down in wonder, gazed at the glory suddenly appearing.

Sing, all ye angels! Sing, all ye shepherds!

Sing to the little Babe in the manger;

Sing a soft hosanna; sing a loud hosanna!

Jesus Christ is born today!


Come, all ye people, come to the manger,

worship and adore Him;

Sing as the angels, kneel as the shepherds,

to the Christ, our Savior.

Sing, all ye angels! Sing, all ye shepherds!

Sing to the little Babe in the manger;

Sing a soft hosanna; Sing a loud hosanna!

Jesus Christ is born today! 

Jesus Christ is born today!





THE PEOPLE THAT IN DARKNESS SAT

(New Hymn Tune Setting)


The people that in darkness sat

a glorious Light have seen.

The Light has shined on them who long

in shades of night have been.


To hail Thee, Sun of Righteousness,

the gathering nations come;

they joy as when the reapers bear

their harvest treasures home.


For unto us a Child is born,

to us a Son is given.

And on His shoulders ever rests

all power in earth and heaven.


His name shall be the Prince of Peace,

forevermore adored,

the Wonderful, the Counsellor,

the great and mighty Lord.


His righteous government and power

shall over all extend;

on judgment and on justice based

His reign shall have no end.


Lord Jesus, reign in us, we pray,

and make us Thine alone,

who with the Father ever art,

and Holy Spirit, one.









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