Scripture Verse

The angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Luke 2:9–10


Angel Visits Shepherds
Die Bibel in Bildern, Julius Schnorr, 1860

Words: John of Da­mas­cus (675–749) (Νεῦ­σον πρὸς ὕμ­νους, οἰ­χε­τῶν εὐεϱ­γέ­τα). Trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by Will­iam C. Dix in Ly­ra Mes­si­an­i­ca, ed­it­ed by Or­by Ship­ley (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man, Ro­berts & Green, 1864), pag­es 74–75, alt.

Music: Ew­ing Al­ex­an­der Ew­ing, 1853 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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John of Damascus


Bend to our hymns, Redeemer,
The foe’s high brow bring low;
Thou from on high beholdest
Each sin which works our woe;
Yet us, Thine own, Most Holy,
Who steadfastly believe,
Thy minstrels, truly faithful,
Thyself in love receive.

The band of herdsmen chosen
The strange new sight to see,
Was troubled at beholding
The wondrous mystery:
The offspring of a maiden,
Incarnate without seed,
This, this the passing marvel
No human mind can read.

O sight all unaccustomed,
Their monarch, Christ the Lord,
They see by tuneful cohorts
Of seraphim adored;
In tender loving-kindness
He comes, who rules the sky,
And born of maid unwedded,
Fulfills His promise high.

Erewhile without a body,
The Essence flesh was made;
The Word took matter to Him
From Mary, stainless maid:
That to Himself, us sinners,
The guilty sons of men,
Creation’s fallen chieftains,
He might draw back again.