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Christmas Carols in Prose #11: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Verkündigung an die Hirten (The Annunciation to the Shepherds) by Heinrich Vogeler

The Annunciation to the Shepherds (“Verkündigung an die Hirten”) by Heinrich Vogeler

The angel of the Lord came down at night while shepherds watched their flocks. They were all seated on the ground, and glory shined around. He said, “Fear not,” for mighty dread had seized their troubled minds. “I bring to you and all humankind glad tidings of great joy.”

“To you this day the Savior who is Christ the Lord is born of David’s line in David’s town. And this shall be the sign: you shall find the heavenly babe displayed to human view there, wrapped humbly in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.”

That’s what the seraph said, and then a shining throng of angels praising God appeared immediately after. They sang this joyful song: “All glory to God on high and peace on the earth. Henceforth let goodwill from heaven to all people begin and never cease.”

[Original Text: Nahum Tate, derived from Luke 2:8-14]

Christmas Carols in Prose #10: With Wondering Awe (a.k.a. Laudis Corona)

Eliza Codex 24 (Ethiopian biblical manuscript)

Eliza Codex 24 (Ethiopian biblical manuscript)

The wise men, with wondering awe, saw the star springing in heaven. And with delight they heard the angels singing in the peaceful nighttime: “To his name hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!”

They traveled far by starlight to seek the lowly manger—the humble bed wherein the wondrous little stranger was laid. “To his name hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!”

And around the world the old and hallowed story is still found. And the angels’ song of glory is still sung in every tongue: “To his name hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!”

The heavenly star is throwing its rays afar on every land. It won’t cease until holy peace is growing in all the earth. “To his name hosanna, hosanna, hosanna!”

[Original Text: author unknown]

Christmas Carols in Prose #9: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Engel erscheint den Hirten (The angel appears to the shepherd)

Engel erscheint den Hirten (The angel appears to the shepherd)

Listen! The angel heralds sing glory to the newborn king! “Peace and mild mercy on earth, God and sinners are reconciled!” All you nations rise joyfully. Join the skies’ triumph. Proclaim with the angelic host—Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Hail the heaven-born prince of peace! Hail righteousness’s son! He brings light and life to all. He has risen like the sun with healing rays. Mildly he sets his glory aside. He was born that people might not die anymore. He was born to raise earth’s children. He was born to give them second birth.

[Original Text: Charles Wesley]