A Band of Angels From the Sky

band of angels

A Band of Angels from the sky
To Shepherds in the field drew nigh,
And said, Behold, a tender Child
Lies in a crib, with poor rags veil’d!

The place, is David’s Bethlehem,
As Micah prophecy’d by name:
The person, Jesus Christ the Lord,
Who to you all can health afford.

Greatly rejoice, for ’tis but just;
Of God with us you now can boast:
He now is born your flesh and blood,
Your Brother, who’s the sov’reign Good.

What hurts you now sin, death or grave?
God’s self you for companion have;
Let hell and Devil idly rage,
God’s Son does on your side engage.

He will not, cannot, you forsake ;
Him only still your refuge make:
‘Tis true, assaults you may sustain,
(Let the Fiend rage, he can’t refrain)

But sure you shall emerge and win,
For now to God you’re near of kin.
Thank him for this,and in your mind
Be hopeful Joy and patience join’d.

Martin Luther

A Band of Herdsmen Tarried Late

a band of herdsman

A band of herdsmen tarried late,
Through hours of night disconsolate;
Around, the snow lay glistening white,
And stars o’erhead were shining bright;
O favoured shepherds, there shall rise
A brighter star in yonder skies.

Whence comes this glory, brighter far
Than light that shines from midnight star?
An angel from the Lord appears,
And lo! their minds are filled with fears;
O favoured shepherds, wherefore fear?
The messenger of God is here.

“O band of herdsmen, list! I bring
Glad tidings of a promised King;
Go, in a manger ye shall find
The new-born Saviour of mankind;”
O favoured shepherds, such surprise!
To see the Christ in mean disguise.

Then stood the herdsmen all amaze,
For heaven with glory was ablaze;
And choirs of angels, clad in white,
Awoke with song the silent night;
O favoured shepherds, ye were blest,
To hear that heavenly song exprest.

“To God be glory,” thus they sang,
While earth and heaven with music rang;
“And peace abounding henceforth dwell
With those on earth who please me well;”
O favoured shepherds, night is past,
And morn, bright morn, is come at last.

O band of herdsmen, long ago,
That song was sung on earth below,
Now myriad hosts uplift the strains
That first awoke on Bethlehem’s plains;
O favoured shepherds, round the throne,
The angel’s song is now your own.

John Brownlie

A Branch So Fair Has Blossomed

a branch so fair

A Branch so fair has blossomed
From tender parent stem,
Out of the rod of Jesse,
As told by godly men,
And brought a Flow’r so bright,
Well in the midst of winter
And darkness of the night.

This little Rose, so lovely,
That sprang from Jesse’s rod
A lowly virgin brought us,
The favored one of God;
By His decree and might
A holy Child she bare us
One blessed Christmas night.

This little Flow’r, so fragrant,
My heart fills with delight,
For with its shining splendor
It drives away the night.
True man, and yet God’s Son,
Saves us from sin and sorrow,
And when life’s day is done.

15th Century German Carol

Happy We Who Thus United

Hans Zatzka -Holy Family

zatzka holy family

Happy we, who thus united
Join in cheerful melody;
Praising Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
In the “Holy Family.”
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, help us,
That we ever true may be,
To the promises that bind us
To the “Holy Family.”

Jesus, Whose almighty bidding
All created things fulfill,
Lives on earth in meek subjection
To His earthly parents’ will.
Sweetest Infant, make us patient
And obedient for Thy sake,
Each us to be chaste and gentle,
All our stormy passions break.

Mary! thou alone were chosen
Virgin Mother of thy Lord:
Thou didst guide the earthly footsteps
Of the Great Incarnate Word.
Dearest Mother! Make us humble;
For thy Son will take His rest
In the poor and lowly dwelling
Of a humble sinner’s breast.

Joseph! Thou wert called the father
Of thy Maker and thy Lord;
Thine it was to save thy Saviour
From the cruel Herod’s sword.
Suffer us to call thee father;
Show to us a father’s love;
Lead us safe thro’ ev’ry danger
Till we meet in heav’n above.

Rev. E. Vaughan

Sweet Saviour! Bless Us Ere We Go

Sweet Saviour! Bless us ere we go;
Thy word into our minds instill;
And make our lukewarm hearts to glow
With lowly love and fervent will.

Thro’ life’s long day
and deaths dark night,
O gentle Jesus! be our light;
Jesus! be our light.

The day is done; its hours have run;
And Thou hast taken count of all,
The scanty triumphs grace hath won,
The broken vow, and frequent fall.


Grant us, dear Lord! From evil ways
True absolution and release;
And bless us more than in past days
With purity and inward peace.


For all we love, the poor, the sad,
The sinful, unto Thee we call;
Oh let Thy mercy make us glad;
Thou art out Jesus and our All.

Frederick William Faber

As Fades the Glowing Orb of Day

as fades glowing orb of day

As fades the glowing orb of day,
To Thee, great source of light, we pray;
Blest Three in One, to ev’ry heart
Thy beams of life and love impart.

O Thou true life of all that live,
Who dost unmoved all motion sway;
Who dost the morn and evening give,
And through its changes guide the day.

At early dawn, at close of day,
To Thee our vows we humbly pay;
May we, ‘mid joys that never end,
With Thy bright saints in homage bend.

Thy light upon our evening pour,
So may our souls no sunset see,
But death to us an open door,
To an eternal morning be.

To God the Father and the Son,
And Holy Spirit Three in One,
Be endless glory as before
The world began, and ever more.

S. Webbe


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