Christmas Music

Christmas (holiday) music is playing in the restaurant I work at.  It is playing in the malls and department stores.  Some radio stations have been playing only holiday music since November 1st.  During this time of year, holiday music is everywhere.  It is an essential element of our modern culture’s Christmas celebration.  Yet the radio throws songs like “O, Holy Night” and Elmo and Patsy’s “Grandma Got Ran Over By a Reindeer” or Bruce Springsteen’s rendition of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (which is a fantastic version, by the way) right next to each other on their play list.  A significant message is being preached through some of these songs, but it can just blend in with the rest of the soundtrack.  Because the great hymns of Christmas get lost in the mess we can often sing right through them, even at church, without realizing the profound truth they express.  To help us appreciate the glories that some beloved hymns proclaim, I will be posting the words to a different hymn each day this week.  These words are there to be reflected upon and rejoiced in.  Hopefully, these poems will fuel our celebration of the coming of our Savior and energize our longing for his return.

“Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”

(This hymn was first written by Charles Wesley in 1739.  The first two lines were changed in 1753, into what we are familiar with today, by George Whitefield.  Wesley, in this hymn, invites all of God’s created people to rejoice in the birth of Jesus, through whom God accomplished, and will accomplish, redemption for his creation.)

Hark, the herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim,
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’
Hark, the herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see:
hail, the incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.
Hark, the herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King.

Hail, the heaven-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.
Hark, the herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King.

Come, Desire of nations, come,
fix in us thy humble home;
rise, the woman’s conquering seed,
bruise in us the serpent’s head;
now display thy saving power,
ruined nature now restore,
now in mystic union join
thine to ours and ours to thine.
Hark, the herald-angels sing
glory to the new-born King.


About Dan Montgomery

OUR PURPOSE - to reflect God’s infinite worth by trusting Christ to be our greatest gain. OUR PASSION - to fight for our faith and the faith of our neighbor.
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